Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Bankruptcy for Florida

Q: I never saw a judge?

I used a bky lawyer. She did the papers. We went to hearing. 2 mo later I got a Discharge from mail. I NEVER SAW A JUDGE? Did she do something fishy?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Andrew Bresalier

  • Plantation, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No, she did NOT do anything Fishy. In fact, she sounds like she did a fine job. Usually if a Bky case is done properly, the Debtor does not have to see a judge, only the Trustee for a few minutes.

Mr. Carmen Dellutri

  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I would like to know more about this. It seems kind of interesting to me that your attorney did not take the time to explain the process to you or the time-frame involved in the Chapter 7 process.

Normally, a Chapter 7 debtor is only required to attend the Section 341 meeting of creditors. The meeting of creditors usually takes place within 30 days of the filing of your case (times vary depending upon the jurisdiction).

In Southwest Florida, our firm handles the rest of the Court appearances for our clients. In other words, there is usually no reason for you to appear in Court.

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