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After a motion to lift the automatic stay is processed, does the original filing attorney need to appear in hearining?

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I am the creditor of a loan. My debtor hired Attorney A to file a Ch 7 no assets. 2 years later she hired attorney B to reopen the case. I filed a motion to lift the automatic stay. One month later I received a court notice about the hearing date from Attorney A. I thought attorney B should be the one who sent me the notice. Therefore, I called Attorney A to verify but this attorney refused to contact. Can he ignore me? Now I get confused which attorney is going to appear in the hearing?

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It is not your responsibility to figure out which attorney will appear at the hearing. Whichever one appears or does not appear is the debtor's problem, not yours. If you have a written communication to make, send it to A and B.

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The debtor may have more than one law firm representing her. You can check the status of the debtor's lawyers on PACER, but it will up to the judge to make sure these lawyers file the proper substitutions or associations of counsel.

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Attorney A's job was completed at discharge and closure. If the debtor hired a new attorney to reopen, that attorney is now the one to contact. As long as one of them will talk to you, there is nothing to worry about. I have been in this situation before as Attorney A. Attorney B is now responsible.

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