How long does a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case take to finish after it is filed?

A general Chapter 7 bankruptcy case usually lasts 3 to 4 months from the filing of the case until a discharge. In most Chapter 7 cases only one, short court appearance is required in front of the Bankruptcy Trustee at a hearing called a “meeting of the creditors” or a “341 hearing” (named after the section in the Bankruptcy Code.

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