Who Does a Bankruptcy Trustee Work For?
We’re often asked by people who consult us: “Whom do you work for, the creditors or me?” The answer is: neither and both. To do our job properly, we need to work with both parties.
To be clear, a bankruptcy trustee is an officer of the court. We are licensed by the the Superintendent of Bankruptcy to act in a fiduciary capacity for all the participants, whether in a bankruptcy or a proposal. Fancy words, but what it means is that we are there to protect the interests and legal rights of both the debtor and the creditors.
So while we don’t in fact work for you, we do work with you to ensure that you can find the best solution for your circumstances.
When we first get together, during a free consultation at Richard Killen & Associates, we will ensure that you understand all your options. The most important thing we can do here is explain what the probable consequences will be for each of the options available to you. Only a trustee can do this comprehensively and effectively – probably because the trustee is the one who will be doing the actual work involved.
If you decide things will go forward after the free consultation, we’ll do all the necessary paperwork to get things started. After that, we will work with you and your creditors to administer the process in a way that is fully compliant with the law, so that you – and the creditors – get the full protection of that law.
So, even though the trustee doesn’t actually represent you the same way a lawyer or other professional does, he provides you with the best protection the law can supply and ultimately gets you to the destination you were seeking when you made your decision in the first place. That’s a lot to pack into a free consultation, isn’t it? Call Richard Killen & Associates and find out more.