(Video) What is a Chapter 7 “No-Asset” Case?

Posted by Wesley Scott on July 17, 2018 at 10:02 AM
Wesley Scott

So you are reading up on Chapter 7 Bankruptcies and you come across the term “no-asset case” and you wonder what that means. The vast majority of Chapter 7 cases filed in the United States are what we lawyers refer to as “no-asset cases”.

The focus in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case is on debtor’s assets. The vast majority of debtors are able to “exempt” (i.e. protect) their assets from creditors/chapter 7 trustee. When you exempt an asset, the asset cannot be taken by a trustee and used to pay your debts.

Now, if there are non-exempt assets that is a different story. Non-exempt assets are assets that debtor lists on the schedules and either doesn’t exempt or exempts the asset, trustee objects to the exemption, and a bankruptcy judge sustains trustee’s objection.  If there are non-exempt assets, the Chapter 7 trustee’s job is to liquidate (sell) the asset and reduce the asset to money. This money can be then used to pay debtors creditors pro rata.  This, of-course, would be an “asset case”. Chapter 7 trustees have up to two years to administer an asset case.

In the vast majority of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases, there are no assets to administer. In a case like this, the chapter 7 trustee files a No Asset Report with the bankruptcy court and asks the court to close the file. These are what we refer to as “no-asset cases”.


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