Bankruptcy: Do I Have to Go to Court?

In every bankruptcy case you will have to attend a "meeting of the creditors," also called the "341 creditors' meeting."  I discourage my clients from thinking of it as "court."  The meeting takes in front of a trustee in a conference room in most cases and is quickly over.  The meeting is recorded and you will be placed under oath.  However, this is courtroom-type setting with the client up on the stand getting grilled.  It's a meeting in an informal setting in which the trustee asks questions about the bankruptcy forms submitted and your overall financial situation.  The trustee is neither for or against you, and it is quickly finished.