Property Of The Estate In A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

27 Sep Property Of The Estate In A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

When you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, all of your assets become “property of the estate.”  That means that control over those things passes to the trustee assigned to your bankruptcy.  Basically, the purpose of this rule is to allow the trustee to administer the property and sell anything worth more than your exemptions to raise funds for the unsecured creditors. 

In most cases, there will be little if any property that actually gets administered by the trustee. Most debtors filing bankruptcy don’t have a great deal of assets above available exemptions.   But, any money you receive from those assets, such as rental income, also becomes property of the estate and may need to be turned over to the trustee.

Be sure to tell your attorney about any contracts or leases you have so they can be properly listed and exempted (if possible).

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Douglas Jacobs is a California bankruptcy attorney and partner in the Chico law firm of Jacobs, Anderson, Potter & Chaplin. Since 1988, Mr. Jacobs has taught Constitutional law and Debtor-Creditor/Bankruptcy law at the Cal Northern School of Law. He has served as Dean of Students since 1994. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of consumer bankruptcy law, and has spoken at both state and national levels.
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