Do I need to attend the meeting of creditors? 32 Answers as of May 16, 2013

I am asking because I just filed bankruptcy and I am unsure of whether or not I can actually make the meeting.

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Philip R. Boardman, Attorney at Law
Philip R. Boardman, Attorney at Law | Phil Boardman
Yes, you have to attend. If you do not, they will dismiss your case.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 5/16/2013
Marc S. Stern
Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
It is mandatory that you attend. In some cases there is the possibility of doing so via phone or Skype.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/7/2013
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Yes. Absolute requirement.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 5/7/2013
Gabel, Gudmundsen & Gabel, P.C. | Laura Gabel
You must attend the hearing or ask for it to be adjourned. If you don't show up, your bankruptcy could be dismissed. Don't be intimidated. The meeting of creditors is usually completely painless.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/7/2013
Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. | Diane L. Drain
Absolutely. The debtor is required to attend. You need to talk to your bankruptcy attorney in order to determine all your duties. Please understand that bankruptcy is a very complicated process. It is wise to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney before deciding to take this important step. I am attaching a link to some free videos that explain how bankruptcy works: http://www.dianedrain.com/bankruptcy-for-an-individual/ Most Arizona consumer bankruptcy attorneys offer a free consultation about the basics of bankruptcy. Please take time to educate yourself about bankruptcy and to determine which attorney is the best to assist you in the process. Don't assume the attorney is being completely honest about their experience and capabilities. Check them out. Avoid the attorneys who advertise on TV or profess a 100% success rate in their Internet ads. It costs hundreds or thousands of dollars for these ads and someone has to pay for them - the clients. These attorneys mass produce the work and do not offer the client the hands on assistance that is necessary in a well-planned bankruptcy. Normally these firms assign all or most of the work to paralegals and the client rarely talks to an attorney. When interviewing the attorney ask them how long they have practiced bankruptcy law. Ask what percentage of their practice is focused on consumer work. Ask whether they are experienced in both chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. Ask the attorney for references. Ask about their policy of returning phone calls. They should be committed to answering specific questions about your situation and help you understand your options. If, after talking with them you are still confused about the issues you raised, find another attorney. Check them out with the various ranking sources: such as www.AVVO.com , and the State Bar. An attorney is should be your guide through this process. They should educate you, be there to assist you in how to avoid pitfalls and help you plan for your future after bankruptcy. There are hundreds of "bankruptcy" attorneys in Arizona. Of those just a few will fit the criteria set forth above. Again, bankruptcy is a very complicated process and you want to use an attorney who will be there when you need them.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 5/3/2013
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    If you don't go the case will be dismissed, you need to go
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Guardian Law Group PLLC
    Guardian Law Group PLLC | C. David Hester
    If you don't your case will be dismissed. If you can't make the time and date contact the trustee to get it changed but don't just fail to appear.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Yes, you must attend.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Rosenberg & Press
    Rosenberg & Press | Max L. Rosenberg
    If you want to have a successful bankruptcy, yes. If you are filing without an attorney you probably have a lot of problems to discuss with a trustee.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Portland Bankruptcy Law Group
    Portland Bankruptcy Law Group | Christopher J. Kane
    Yes, it is mandatory that you attend that meeting. If you don't show up, your bankruptcy will be dismissed and you will have to start over again. If you can't make it because of an emergency or medical reason, you can file a motion to reset the hearing. In very rare circumstances the Trustee will allow you to reset the hearing for a later date, but you must communicate with them right away.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu | Mengjun Qiu
    You have to attend the meeting in person. You can file a motion to excuse your presence under very limited circumstances. If you cannot make it to the first meeting set by the court, you can talk to the trustee to change the meeting to a later date.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Conner Law Offices
    Conner Law Offices | Melissa Conner
    Yes, you need to attend the meeting. If you don't attend, your meeting could be continued or your case could be dismissed. If you already know that you cannot attend, you should call the clerk and ask to have it rescheduled. Then, you will need to notify all of your creditors of the rescheduling.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    Who are you? The Debtor always needs to attend the meeting. A creditor only needs to attend the meeting if it needs to ask pertinent questions of the debtor. For example if financing a vehicle, you may ask "is the vehicle insured?" You cannot ask "why aren't you paying me?" or "how could you do this to me?"
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    Your attendance at the Meeting Of Creditors is mandatory. If you do not appear, your case will be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Shur Law Co., LPA
    Shur Law Co., LPA | Tonya VanBenschoten
    Yes, you need to attend.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C.
    Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C. | Stuart M. Nachbar
    Yes, it is mandatory to attend the meeting of creditors.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
    You must attend the creditors' meeting. Usually there are some documents you need to provide to the trustee before the meeting.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    If you don't go then your bankruptcy will be dismissed
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    By court order you are required to attend.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Law Office of Ameet Gandhi
    Law Office of Ameet Gandhi | Ameet Gandhi
    The Debtor must attend the meeting of creditors, the meeting is mandatory. Generally the trustee will continue the meeting if a debtor does not show up, usually a few weeks out. If you cannot make the meeting then it's best to call the trustee and let them know. You can also let them know dates that do work for the continued meeting of creditors. Remember that the trustee will need valid picture identification as well as proof of social security (either your social security card or a letter from the social security office) and your taxes (2 years minimum) need to be sent in at least a week before your hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    The Law Offices of Deborah Ann Stencel | Deborah A. Stencel
    You are required to appear; it is one of the duties of the Debtor listed in the United States Bankruptcy Code. You *might* be able to reschedule one time for good cause. If you do not have a lawyer, call the trustee and ask for a continuance. S/he will likely tell you you have to file a notice and serve it on all your creditors (by mail). If you have a lawyer, call him/her for your options. If you cannot attend due to illness or hospitalization, something might be worked out, but otherwise you are expected to attend.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Law Office of Barry R. Levine | Barry R. Levine, Esq.
    Yes, you must appear at the section 341 meeting for your Chapter 7 trustee to swear you and examine you. If for some reason you are unable to attend on the scheduled date, most chapter 7 trustees will usually agree to reschedule the 341 meeting until the next time they conduct one. However, if you just fail to appear, you will never receive your discharge.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Stittleburg Law Office
    Stittleburg Law Office | Bernd Stittleburg
    The 341 Meeting of Creditors is required attendance. Yes, you must attend.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Idaho Bankruptcy Law | Paul Ross
    Unequivocally yes. If you cannot make it, contact your attorney or the Trustee immediately. There may be some options, but failure to appear will lead the Trustee to ask for your case to be dismissed. Be prepared to have a very good excuse or justification. Someone's funeral or you cannot get off work will not typically be sufficient.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    William A. Siebert
    William A. Siebert | William A. Siebert
    If you DON'T attend the meeting, your bankruptcy will be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    You must make the meeting and should at least counsel with an attorney before it.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Robert Russell Law Group
    Robert Russell Law Group | Robert Russell
    Yes, you must attend. If you fail to attend w/o permission, the trustee may seek to dismiss your case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    The Bain Group, PLLC
    The Bain Group, PLLC | Brian Bain
    Yes, you must attend the 341 meeting or your case will be dismissed. If you know you cannot make the meeting, you need to reach out to your Trustee, and ask if he would consider a motion to continue.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Deborah F Bowinski, Attorney & Counselor at Law | Debby Bowinski
    You MUST attend the meeting of creditors. You cannot receive your discharge if you do not appear. If you cannot make it for some important reason you can try contacting your trustee to see if they will reschedule it, but that is in the discretion of the trustee.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Moffa & Bonacquisti, P.A.
    Moffa & Bonacquisti, P.A. | John A. Moffa
    It is REQUIRED or your case may be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    Steele, George, Schofield & Ramos, LLP
    Steele, George, Schofield & Ramos, LLP | Alan E. Ramos
    You MUST attend the meeting of creditors. If you do not appear at the meeting, it most likely will be continued once and if you don't appear at the second meeting, your case will most likely be dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2013
    SmithMarco, P.C.
    SmithMarco, P.C. | Larry P. Smith
    Absolutely. You must. The whole purpose of the meeting is so the trustee can examine you in front of and for the benefit of the creditors.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/2/2013
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