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How long does the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process take in general?

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I need to file for Chapter 7, and would like to know how long the process generally takes? I'd really just like to get this over with.

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Generally 30 days or so to your 341 hearing, and depending on your District, 60-90 days after the hearing for the Court to discharge you.

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Assuming no assets are taken by the Trustee to pay to your creditors (by far more common), about 3-4 months from date of filing of the case to date of discharge.

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However long it takes you to assemble the information your attorney needs, plus the time it takes to prepare your petition, plus about three months from filing to discharge.


Generally, from filing to discharge (successful completion), a Chapter 7 bankruptcy takes 4-5 months. In rare cases where there are pending motions, adversary proceedings (lawsuits), or the bankruptcy trustee finds assets to sell, the process can take several months (or even years) to complete.

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