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What to expect when going to bankruptcy court, whether you’re headed to your creditors’ meeting or have a hearing before a bankruptcy judge.

What to expect when going to bankruptcy court, whether you’re headed to your creditors’ meeting or have a hearing before a bankruptcy judge.

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Mock 341 Meeting: What To Expect At Your Creditors’ Meeting

In this article and video we will be walking you through what goes on in a typical 341 Meeting of Creditors, and hopefully help calm your nerves! It’s going to be okay! We promise.

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What can go wrong at the meeting of creditors in 2021?

The meeting of creditors is the one time everyone filing for bankruptcy has to go to court to answer questions from their trustee. Naturally, it’s often the most stress inducing part of the entire case for the filer. Let’s take a look at what to expect at your creditors’ meeting, and, importantly, some of the things that can go wrong at the meeting (and how to avoid them).

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4 things you should know about the bankruptcy court system

The bankruptcy court oversees bankruptcy cases filed in the United States. The court maintains the records for all bankruptcy cases.

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What To Bring To Your 341 Meeting Of Creditors

You should bring your ID and social security card.

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I'm filing for bankruptcy. Will I have to go to court?

Most people who file for bankruptcy on their own only need to show up to court twice. The first time is when they file their forms with the bankruptcy court. This just involves walking into the court and giving the bankruptcy forms you have filled out to the clerk’s office.

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Telephonic Hearings in Bankruptcy Court

A hearing is an appearance in court where one or more parties to the case show up in the courtroom to present something to the judge. A telephonic hearing is exactly what the name suggests: a court hearing that takes place over the telephone.

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Bankruptcy Court - A Definition

The bankruptcy court is a federal court that oversees all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States.

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3 Important Players in Bankruptcy Court

In addition to the person filing bankruptcy, other individuals who will play an important role in your bankruptcy case are your case trustee, your bankruptcy judge, and - if you have one - your bankruptcy attorney. Let’s take a look at some of the important players -other than your creditors - that you may encounter in your Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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What Happens In Small Claims Court?

In small claims court, the rules and procedures are relaxed so that non-lawyers can argue their own cases. Court costs, such as filing fees, are lower. As a result, small claims court hearings are much less expensive. This article will explore what kinds of cases you can bring to a small claims court and how this court differs from other courts.

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Statute of Limitations in Small Claims Court

The statute of limitations is the law that regulates how long a party has to assert a claim through the legal system and small claims courts provide simplified proceedings for people who have claims that aren’t worth a substantial amount. Generally, the statute of limitations remains unchanged if you bring a claim in small claims court. This article will explain a bit about defending yourself in your state’s small claims court and how the statute of limitations could affect your defense.

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