I filed for Ch.7 Bankruptcy which was discharged a little over a year ago. I also filed a sec. 1983 civ around the same time...

Asked about 1 year ago - Chicago, IL

I am now being informed that the estate of the law suite does not belong to me and therefore I am not entitled to compensation! I have two different lawyers who know my entire situation but never mentioned one thing until now!! Admittedly, I am having a real hard time believing any part of this and am hoping something can be done. I did a little research, and noted that some assets can be negotiated on occasion with the trustee. I'm not sure a civil rights law suite could be one of them or not but aside from everything I am a victim of some very serious police brutality. The state/police even hid the incriminating video for 2+ years and tried to destroy the CD buy scribbling marker on it. We have since repaired the disk and it plays perfectly. Now what? All I for ask is a jury trial...

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  1. Judy A. Goldstein

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    Answered . First of all, you have lawyers with whom you should be discussing this matter. If your lawsuit is not exempt, the BK trustee has a right to seize the proceeds from your civil rights action to the extent that the creditors have been discharged. While you feel this is unfair, what is unfair to your creditors is that you are discharged from your liabilities and can still reap the full benefits of a lawsuit which would be considered a nonexempt asset that would change to factors to be considered in determining whether you are a candidate for Ch. 7 or whether/how your are to be discharged.

  2. Karen Jackson Porter

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    Answered . I am so sorry this issue was not addressed and explained to you when you filed your chapter 7 case. The chapter 7 trustee has the right to take the money from non-exempt assets for the benefit of your creditors. The suit that you describe must not be exempt. The trustee has the right to become the owner of the suit.

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  3. Marc Gregory Wagman

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    Answered . All assets and all liabilities must be listed in a bankruptcy filing. If you had a lawsuit pending or the potential to sue at the time of the bankruptcy filing you needed to list the lawsuit or claim. If the lawsuit or claim was not listed at the time of the bankruptcy filing then the trustee in a Chapter 7 had no opportunity to administer the asset or even ask you questions about the lawsuit. That is a major issue in a Chapter 7. When you fail to list an asset in a bankruptcy then the trustee never abandons that asset because he or she had no opportunity to administer it. The defendant in a lawsuit can raise that issue as a defense because the trustee had the right to sue and settle etc. Follow your lawyers advice

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  4. Gary D. Bollinger

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    Answered . You wrote, "I filed for Ch.7 Bankruptcy which was discharged a little over a year ago. I also filed a sec. 1983 [Civil Rights] around the same time..."

    A: If the events giving rise to the 1983 action arose prior to the filing date of the Chapter 7, it ought to have been listed on your Schedule B "Personal Property".

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