Monday, July 19, 2010

I Just Filed My Chapter 13 Case - Now What?

As you may have read in our similarly entitled post "I Just Filed My Chapter 7 Case - Now What?", our clients often ask us after the filing of a bankruptcy petition:

"So what happens next?"

Just like in a Chapter 7, what happens next is a flurry of deadlines and court control dates, some of which require the client's participation (such as responding to the Trustee's requests for additional information), some do not require the client's participation, and others may require the attorney's participation, depending on how the case progresses.

Often, the client is overwhelmed with the detail and the numerous dates, and simply wants to know where to send the plan payments. However, some clients with more complex cases appreciate the added detail, which is why we have added a convenient Chapter 13 Timeline to our website.

The new addition allows a client or prospective client to input their Chapter 13 Filing Date and Section 341(a) hearing date (if known), and will output a scaled timeline with the important dates. Links to the relevant portions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure are also included for cross reference at the bottom of the timeline page.

For those of you reading this post on your smartphone, you can also check out our mobile version of the calculator.

We hope this tool will help clients, prospective clients and attorneys alike better understand and navigate the meticulous and often trap-ridden world of bankruptcy law.

If you have any questions regarding Kelsey & Trask, P.C.'s Chapter 13 Timeline, please contact Attorney Matthew Trask at 508.655.5980.

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