There are two primary types of Trustees in Bankruptcy. The first type is the U.S.Trustee, who is employed by the Department of Justice in the Executive Branch and is responsbile for matters of administration of a bankruptcy case. The U.S. Trustee's responsibilities include (1) appointing members of a panel of trustees who administer individual bankruptcy cases; and (2) supervising the actions of the private trustees and the administration of all bankruptcy cases. The U.S. Trustee is also responsible for approving credit counseling and debt relief agencies and for investigating potential bankruptcy fraud. The United States Trustee for Region 1 serves the federal judicial districts established for Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The regional office is located in Boston, MA with a local office in Providence, RI.
The second type of Trustee in Bankruptcy is the case or standing trustee, who serves as the court-appointed representative of the estate who actually administers the bankruptcy estate. A chapter 7 trustee is in charge of liquidating the estate. In some chapter 11 cases, the debtor-in-possession is replaced by a trustee who administers the estate. In chapter 13, there is a one standing trustee for the entire district of Rhode Island, to whom all cases under chapter 13 are assigned. The case and standing trustees preside at the Section 341 meeting of creditors where the debtor is placed under oath and questioned about their bankruptcy schedules and statements.
Please refer to the menu links on the left side of this page to access contact information for the various trustees who serve the district of Rhode Island Bankruptcy Court.