How long after being discharged does it take for a bankruptcy case to close? 9 Answers as of July 11, 2016

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Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
It depends on whether there are any issues in the case other than the discharge. For example, if there are assets, the case won't close until the assets are distributed to creditors and the paperwork filed. In a case with no outstanding issues, it should be less than two weeks.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 7/11/2016
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
That depends. If there are no assets the trustee is taking it could be a soon as 60 days after your hearing. Lord only knows how long if the trustee is selling assets and paying debts.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/16/2016
Eranthe Law Firm
Eranthe Law Firm | Cate Eranthe
It depends on the case. Some close at the same date and you will see that on the order. Others are kept open because the Trustee is administering an asset or there are other unresolved or incomplete matters. You don't say why you are asking this question. If you are asking about your own case speak with your attorney or read through the documents and events listed in your Docket Report under your case file.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/16/2016
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
The answer depends on the district in which the case is filed, and whether or not there is any property for the Trustee to administer. In the typical, no-asset, case, if the Trustee is prompt in his or her submission of a final report, the case can be closed a few days after the discharge is granted. But, again, the Trustee has to be prompt.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 5/11/2016
A Fresh Start
A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
I depends on the nature of the assets the Trustee has to administer. For example, if the Trustee is administering cash from a tax refund, it might take less than 6 months to complete this process and close the case. But if the Trustee is waiting for the results of a lawsuit or to sell real estate or some other asset, the asset would need to turn into cash before the case could be closed. I have seen cases take over 20 years to close.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/11/2016
    Marc S. Stern
    Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
    That really depends upon the case. If the trustee is administering assets, it can take years. If there is real property involved, it is important to move to have the property abandoned or the trustee can speculate.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/11/2016
    Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
    It is usually the next day or so.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/11/2016
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Marjorie Guymon
    If there are no assets to administer the case should close within a few weeks. If there are assets for the trustee to liquidate and pay claims, it could take years.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/11/2016
    GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
    A few weeks in a no asset case. Longer if it's an asset case.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/11/2016
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