Bankruptcy Hearings: Now Telephonic
Posted by Robert Weed / in Virginia Bankruptcy, Weekly Posts /
The Alexandria Bankruptcy Court Trustee Hearings are now by Telephone.
Bankruptcy Trustee hearings are now telephonic. That’s the policy of the Alexandria VA bankruptcy court, effective April 9, 2020. (Richmond and Norfolk, too.)
Instead of a location, your hearing notice will have a phone number to call.
People who file bankruptcy are required by law to “appear” in front of the bankruptcy trustee to answer question. (For most people, the questions are, “Did you go over these papers when you signed them, and is everything you put there true?”) Those hearings by law are between four and six weeks after we send your papers to the court.
Starting now, you and I will appear by phone.
The trustee schedules about a dozen hearings per hour; and everybody will call in the same phone number. So you and I will be listening in on the hearings for every other person that hour. (This is the same as it would be if we were all sitting in the hearing room together.)
The trustee is supposed to check your ID and social security number. On the phone there’s no way they can match your picture. But having an ID that matches the name on the bankruptcy papers at least proves something. So take a picture, or scan, of your ID and social security card, so we have that to send in when they let us know how.
We Will Talk Privately Before and After
I’ll plan to call you about 15 minutes before your scheduled time. To go over what’s about to happen. And make sure you are ready to call in. Afterwards, I send an email wrap-up. And set a time for a call later in the day to handle any follow up questions you have, or action items that came out of the hearing. Those calls will only be between us.