What Happens if a Chapter 7 Debtor Dies?

by DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC on May 2, 2014

11088010_sBankruptcy can be complex and many questions often arise during cases. One complication occurs when a debtor dies during the middle of his/her bankruptcy case. Will the debtor’s estate receive the benefit of having the debts discharged? Does the death of the debtor make the case moot?

There is not a clear procedure that must be followed under bankruptcy law when a debtor passes away. There are several actions that may be taken by the court, such as:

  • Continue to administer the debtor’s estate
  • Appoint a guardian for the estate
  • Determine if the personal representative from the debtor’s probate estate wants to continue the bankruptcy proceeding

It may be possible for the death of a Chapter 7 debtor to have no effect on the filing. Chapter 7 cases can continue the same as if the debtor never died. However, in a Chapter 13 case, the death of the debtor ends the monthly payments needed to fund the Chapter 13 plan. Without payments being made to the plan (and to the creditors), the case will be dismissed.

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