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St Louis Bankruptcy Attorney: How Many Times Will I Have To Appear In Front Of The Judge When I File For Bankruptcy?


The chances of you having to appear in front of a judge after filing a St Louis bankruptcy are about zero. There is one (and only one) courthouse appearance that you’ll have to make. But it is not in front of a judge; it is in front of the Bankruptcy Trustee. Below is a more thorough explanation of how the entire process works:

The filing of a bankruptcy is done at the federal level. Broadly speaking, there are two levels of courts through which American citizens can seek relief and/or justice – state and federal. Most state court actions involve things of a more local nature (divorce, child support, child custody, contract disputes, etc.). But the federal courts are reserved for those matters that involve actions that take place across state lines (such as a credit card company in Delaware that offers services to you here in Missouri).

Bankruptcy is therefore handled by the federal courts. In fact, bankruptcy has its own distinct and separate courtrooms and judges inside the federal courthouse. But again, the chances that you would actually ever stand before a bankruptcy judge is very slim.

Why? Because the only requirement that the Bankruptcy Code makes (as far as appearances go) is that you appear before the designated Bankruptcy Trustee roughly thirty (30) days after your case is filed. Assuming all goes well with this (and it almost always does), then that is the last time you will have to set foot inside the federal courthouse again.


Why might someone actually have to appear in front of the judge? Well, assuming you have a good St Louis bankruptcy lawyer, then you wouldn’t ever have to go (even if an appearance is required by the court, because your attorney will represent you on your behalf).

So as you can see, it is far better to hire a good lawyer to represent you than trying to wade your way through the morass of the bankruptcy system!! We will answer all your questions, and thoroughly explain your full range of options and rights!!

The affordable St. Louis bankruptcy attorneys at The Bankruptcy Company have been saving and protecting people’s assets for years. Our goal is to make sure that you keep the assets and property you want, discharge the debts that you want to get rid of, and do it all at an affordable cost to you. All phone conversations and office consultations are free of charge.

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