A Trustee's Role

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A Chapter 13 Trustee is appointed by the United States Department of Justice – United States Trustee Program pursuant to 28 USC Section 586. The Trustee’s role is to administer bankruptcy cases. Administration of said cases includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting a 341 meeting of creditors
  • Evaluating a Chapter 13 plan for compliance with Title 11
  • Evaluating claims of creditors for correctness as to legal form, (not substance)
  • Collect monthly payments from debtors in Chapter 13 plans
  • Disburse funds to creditors pursuant to the Chapter 13 plan and orders of the United States Bankruptcy Court
  • Provide educational information to debtors and creditors (not legal advice)
  • Provide annual accounting to debtors in a Chapter 13 plan
  • Provide final accounting and appropriate orders to complete the administration of a Chapter 13 case

The Trustee does not represent either debtors or creditors; and therefore, cannot give individual legal advice to either party in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.


This information is not meant to convey legal advice to an individual seeking Chapter 13 bankruptcy reorganization, but is meant strictly as an educational tool.