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Who or what is the Trustee?

 
The Trustee is usually the most important person in your case. He or she can be your best friend in one situation, and your worst enemy in another situation. The judge only looks at your case if something unusual comes up, but the Trustee is involved in every step of the process. He reads everything that we file, and we have to get his permission before we do anything at all. The Trustee presides over the Meeting of Creditors, which is the one court hearing that absolutely everyone attends. It is his job to make sure that both debtors and creditors are treated fairly. If something unusual comes up, the first thing the judge will want to know is whether the Trustee has any opinions or concerns. The Trustee’s word is not necessarily law, but it usually ends up that way.