How long after my discharge will it be before my bankruptcy is closed? 22 Answers as of July 01, 2013

My Chapter 7 has been discharged how does it take for the case to get closed after the discharge?

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Marc S. Stern
Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
That is a really difficult question. The discharge is given out fairly quickly. However, if there are assets to administer or claims to run, the trustee can keep the case open for years. Consequently, it is important to keep track of what is being administered and move to have it abandoned when appropriate.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/22/2012
Law Office of Susan G. Taylor
Law Office of Susan G. Taylor | Susan G. Taylor
A trustee can leave a case open indefinitely to administer assets.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 5/18/2012
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
The case administrator, a clerk of the court, will routinely close a case within a week or so after discharge. Sometimes there is a back up of work and it may take longer.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/18/2012
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Generally it happens right away, however there are a number of things that can keep it open. If it is open and it ahs been awhile since the discharge, something is going on that you need to look into.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/17/2012
Kelly Nigohosian | Kelly Nigohosian
Their is not set time in which A trustee has to close a case. Sometimes, in odd circumstances, a case can go on for years. The real question is how long after I file, can I receive a discharge. That answer is 60 days after the first meeting of creditors, if no creditor objects, then you should be receiving a discharge of your debts within the coming months, depending on the judge. Sometimes, a case remains open if their is anything that could be of potential value to the estate, or, if assets are being discovered, or other reasons that may not effect obtaining a discharge.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/17/2012
    Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier
    Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier | Kristen Allard Shier
    Your bankruptcy case is administratively closed by an Order of the Court. The Federal Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. 350(a)) states that after a bankruptcy estate is fully administered and the court has discharged the trustee, the court shall close the case. This means that after the bankruptcy trustee has fully distributed any assets, and has filed his or her final report, the Court will enter an Order stating that the case is closed. There is no set time limit, and much of it depends on whether or not there were assets that were available to the creditors. Frankly, once you receive your bankruptcy discharge, your case is effectively closed with regard to your obligations. The closing of the bankruptcy case is an administrative procedure and generally speaking, a non-event.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/17/2012
    Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
    Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
    In Washington, it's maybe a week.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/17/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    This varies from court to court and case to case. Usually, they happen very close to each other. Sometimes within days but this is not always the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/17/2012
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc.
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc. | David VanDyke
    Your case should close with a few weeks or so after the discharge unless the trustee has assets to administer. If your chapter 7 was a no asset case then the case should be closed soon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/17/2012
    AZ Law Group of Trezza & Associates
    AZ Law Group of Trezza & Associates | Stephen Trezza
    That depends on many factors. It could be one month. It could be one year.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 7/1/2013
    Steven Harrell, Attorney at Law | Waymon Steven Harrell
    It will close after the trustee files his report of no distribution.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    If the trustee did not seize any money and is not waiting on additional documents, usually within a week or two after the discharge. Normally they are done simultaneously.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Bereliani Law Firm | Sanaz Sarah Bereliani
    Depends if there are certain things pending in your case still - reaffirmation agreements, adversary proceedings, etc. if nothing else is pending then it should be closed within 2-4 weeks depending on how fast the court works.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu | Mengjun Qiu
    It closes 7 days after automatically.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Bodow Law Firm PLLC | Ted Araujo
    If there are no assets and the 341 is closed and the Trustee is not keeping the case open it usually closes about two weeks after the Discharge is entered.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Olson Law Firm | Edward M Olson
    The short answer is "it depends". The bankruptcy case is closed after all issues have been resolved. The Trustee has to file his last report and ask for the case to be closed. However, the case will not be closed until all non-exempt assets have been liquidated and paid to your creditors and all issues regarding dischargeability of a debt are resolved. Sometimes this process takes several years. On the other hand, if there are no open issues... and you have completed the post filing financial management course, and filed the notice of completion of the course, .. the case is usually closed in about three months from the date the discharge is issued.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Law Office of Pho Ethan Tran PLLC
    Law Office of Pho Ethan Tran PLLC | Pho Ethan Tran
    If you have already been discharged, the case is now closed unless there are still outstanding issues.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Atorney Nelson F. Brinckerhoff
    Atorney Nelson F. Brinckerhoff | Nelson F. Brinckerhoff
    One and the same. Immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Law Office of Jeffrey Solomon
    Law Office of Jeffrey Solomon | Jeffrey Solomon
    The case might be closed very soon. However, if the trustee is attempting to administer assets, it can be a long time, even years, that the case remains open. That should not concern you since you have your discharge.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Well that is a good question. The way I have answered it for many years is that it isn't fully closed for around 2 years. But I have seen cases closed earlier than that.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    That depends on whether there are assets for the trustee to administer or if there is another reason to keep the case open. Closure does not necessarily follow the discharge order as discharge and administration are two different activities.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/16/2012
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. | Diane L. Drain
    That is up to the trustee.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 5/16/2012
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