After you complete all the necessary steps to filing for bankruptcy and sign all of the necessary forms, we will submit your bankruptcy petition to the court. Within 10 days, you will get a notice from the court telling you what you should do next. Those directions will depend on whether you filed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
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With a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding, the notice you receive from the court will direct you to attend your hearing. For this type of bankruptcy, there is only one hearing in most cases, presided over by a Chapter 7 trustee. At the hearing, the trustee assesses whether you have any nonexempt assets that can be taken to pay back your creditors.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings tend to be a little more complex because the trustee will have to review the proposed monthly payment plan and see if the claims coincide with the proposal. In some cases, creditors will argue to make your monthly payment higher.
First, the Chapter 13 trustee will examine your claims and your creditors' claims to make sure they are consistent with each other. Then, the trustee will make a judgment as to whether your proposed monthly payment is enough according to the law.
In most cases, the judge will confirm the plan by signing the confirmation order. If a change in circumstances makes your monthly payment unaffordable, you can seek a modification in the plan.