can trustee require me to get a job?


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Wendy

Just wondering. we had our meeting and the one question that surprised me
was "why" I am not working? I said I have a 3 year old at home.she said
"well she is in preschool" and asked me again why I wasn't working. many or
our bills are medical, for me. I have heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy
(broke shoulder nearly 3 weeks ago) and a few others. I didn't go into all
this with her since she had our records but she seemed angry that I am not
working. My daughter has numerous health issues and attends 3 half days (9
hrs a week) at out churches preschool. The last job I had I was nearly fired
from because I couldn't handle a sick baby and the job from my home
computer, trying to sell magazines. Prior to that I was fired for having a
seizure, was homeless for a short time, went thru the training program,
still didn't get hired (10 years ago) and was denied any financial help for
disability (yes I appealed it and lost). Did she need more info from me? I
was too humiliated to volunteer this. When the trustee asked if I intended
to look for a job, it made me feel low when I had to honestly answer "no".
Heck, right now I am looking forward to months in therapy for my broken
shoulder, trying to adjust to the new meds and my poor husband has been
cooking, shopping, taking care of our little one and driving her to
preschool and both of us to doctor appointments. Can't drive for 5 more
months. If out chap 7 is denied can it be appealed? I know my doctor would
explain my situation. We are just trying to make a fresh start and keep a
roof over our heads. BTW, my car overheated on the way home and apparently
needs more than just brakes. This stuff is never ending for us. We need a
break.

Wendy

Happy Thanksgiving
 
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Thoth

Wendy said:
Just wondering. we had our meeting and the one question that surprised me
was "why" I am not working? I said I have a 3 year old at home.she said
"well she is in preschool" and asked me again why I wasn't working. many or
our bills are medical, for me. I have heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy
(broke shoulder nearly 3 weeks ago) and a few others. I didn't go into all
this with her since she had our records but she seemed angry that I am not
working. My daughter has numerous health issues and attends 3 half days (9
hrs a week) at out churches preschool. The last job I had I was nearly fired
from because I couldn't handle a sick baby and the job from my home
computer, trying to sell magazines. Prior to that I was fired for having a
seizure, was homeless for a short time, went thru the training program,
still didn't get hired (10 years ago) and was denied any financial help for
disability (yes I appealed it and lost). Did she need more info from me? I
was too humiliated to volunteer this. When the trustee asked if I intended
to look for a job, it made me feel low when I had to honestly answer "no".
Heck, right now I am looking forward to months in therapy for my broken
shoulder, trying to adjust to the new meds and my poor husband has been
cooking, shopping, taking care of our little one and driving her to
preschool and both of us to doctor appointments. Can't drive for 5 more
months. If out chap 7 is denied can it be appealed? I know my doctor would
explain my situation. We are just trying to make a fresh start and keep a
roof over our heads. BTW, my car overheated on the way home and apparently
needs more than just brakes. This stuff is never ending for us. We need a
break.
One of the obligations of the chapter 7 trustee is to determine whether the case
should have been a chapter 13. I don't know your trustee, or the customs of
your district, but it's possible that the trustee was testing whether your lack
of income was transient, and thus a chapter 13 may have been possible.

Chapter 7 trustees can't make a debtor go to work, but they can recommend to the
Office of the United States Trustee that an objection to the discharge be filed
based on the ability to fund a chapter 13 plan. If that motion is made there is
a hearing and debtors get to argue with the OUST.
 
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Wendy

Thoth said:
One of the obligations of the chapter 7 trustee is to determine whether the case
should have been a chapter 13. I don't know your trustee, or the customs of
your district, but it's possible that the trustee was testing whether your lack
of income was transient, and thus a chapter 13 may have been possible.

Chapter 7 trustees can't make a debtor go to work, but they can recommend to the
Office of the United States Trustee that an objection to the discharge be filed
based on the ability to fund a chapter 13 plan. If that motion is made there is
a hearing and debtors get to argue with the OUST.
 
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Wendy

Thanks for the answer. I have been especially sensitive after this last
medical emergency between the additional meds and the trauma physically. I
have only become more aware during the last few days and believe that I may
have overreacted to the situation. It just seems like a constant fight.
Today I received a letter from my insurance suggesting that I was in an auto
accident and they want the other insurance info! Sheesh!

Thanks again,
Wendy
 

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