Who is the United States Trustee?

02 Feb Who is the United States Trustee?

The United States Trustee oversees all bankruptcy cases from an administrative standpoint. The US Trustee is not the court. But it can make a lot of important decisions. The US Trustee is a division of the United States Department of Justice. The US Trustee appoints regional trustees throughout the nation as well as assistants to oversee bankruptcy cases. Its mission is to promote integrity and efficiency in the nation’s bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws, providing oversight of private trustees, and maintaining operational excellence.

The US Trustee also appoints and supervises all of the chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees who administer your cases.

The US Trustee administers the means test. If your bankruptcy case seems to be an abuse, the US Trustee can move to dismiss it. If your bankruptcy case was filed without credit counseling, the US Trustee will move to dismiss it.

So it’s important that you provide all necessary information to your bankruptcy attorney. If you don’t, the US Trustee can cause you and your attorney a lot of trouble and possibly cost you a lot of money.

The US Trustee can appear before the court and express its views on any matter. The US Trustee also investigates fraud. In serious cases, it makes criminal referrals and prosecutes bankruptcy crimes.

So it’s a good idea to keep the US Trustee happy in your bankruptcy dealings. What they want is fairly predictable. Play it straight and you won’t regret it.

Lakelaw knows how to work with the US Trustee program in Illinois and Wisconsin. Call today at 1 866 LAKELAW (525-5329).

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Jay S. Fleischman is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.
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