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Bankruptcy Basics Series Part 5: Creditors’ Meeting

Creditors’ Meeting

The Meeting of Creditors (341 Meeting)

Creditors’ meeting: As a debtor you’ll be required to appear at a meeting conducted by a trustee, this meeting is called a “Meeting of Creditors” but some people call it a “341 Meeting”. Because it is required by Section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Let’s watch what happens in a 341 Meeting

“This is track number 14, this is the section 341 Meeting of Creditors for Rosario Lopez case number 0751316-CPM my name is Carol Lacheney, Chapter 7 Trustee, the debtor is present and I have verified her certificate of credit counseling. One creditor is present through counsel. Who do you represent, sir?”

“My name is Tim Sierra and I represent City Wide Credit Union.”

“Thank you. The trustee has verified the debtor’s photo ID and proof her social security number…”

Breaking it down

The trustee will verify your identity and ask you questions to verify the accuracy of the information that you filed with the court. The trustee may also ask you questions about your most recent tax return, which you must give the trustee in advance of the meeting. Creditors are given the opportunity to ask questions about your income, property and debts. Secured creditors may wish to ask about the status of property. Securing their debt and whether you intend to keep the property. And if so how you intend to pay for it.