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Do I Ever Have to Appear in Person Any Time During the Bankruptcy Process?

Williams & Williams, Inc.

I am often asked if a personal appearance is necessary to file a bankruptcy. The answer is “No”. It starts with contacting my office, whether by phone, email, text, or in person, to arrange for a free consultation. At your choice, we will meet with you in person, by Zoom or by telephone. In that you may live more than 100 miles from my office, this will save you time and money.

At the meeting we will discuss your options and advise you what we need from you to prepare the bankruptcy petition. Our office can gather all of the information and documents we need by a combination of telephone, email, mail, and texting. We can even accept your signature by scan. Of course, you are always welcome to make an appointment to come by the office in person.

Once your case is filed, the Bankruptcy Court will appoint a trustee, whose job it is to oversee your case. You are required to meet with your trustee. Prior to Covid, a personal appearance was required, but now your appearance will either be by telephone or Zoom. In rare situations the Trustee may require an appearance in person, but that is quite rare. The Trustee will require documents, such as pay stubs and tax returns, but these will be sent by mail or email.

Client Reviews

My husband and I used Williams and Williams for BK chapter 7. The services we received was very professional and friendly. He answered all our questions. He is very knowledgeable about the subject of BK. We have had no...

Annette E.

Very straight to the point, which we appreciated. Even though we went a different avenue and didn't end up filing, he was still professional and never once was rude about wasting his time. He met with us instead because...

Erin M.

Had a great experience with Williams & Williams and their staff. He was very professional and helpful. Was originally going to file with another attorney but he kept giving me the run around, I’m glad I found Mr...

Jairo M.

This was a very trying time in our lives. Mr. Williams and his staff made it a little easier. They were kind, and very thorough. They kept us informed and up to date through the entire process. After we retained their...

Sharonl M.

I am amazed at my service I received from Robert Williams!!!! I was referred to him from my coworker and he has really worked with me concerning the payments to get my case going, and him and his Receptionist are very...

Mw M.

I was dealing with EDD garnishing my refund every year. Went to file bankruptcy to keep my refund, money I've worked for. Atty Williams helped me all the way till I got my discharge. He emailed me back quick with every...

Lee S.

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