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Trustee Info

There are several different types of professionals called trustees who handle different aspects of bankruptcy cases. Most trustees now serving are licensed attorneys, but not all. They are not appointed or employed by the Bankruptcy Court, but their fees and expenses are subject to court approval.

The United States Trustee's Office is a department within the U.S. Department of Justice which appoints, supervises, audits, and evaluates the performance of the case trustees, and appoints Creditors Committees in Chapter 11 cases. It is not part of the Bankruptcy Court and does not have the power to resolve disputes but handles the administrative aspects of bankruptcy estates. Call them if you have complaints about an individual trustee's handling of a case, or evidence of a bankruptcy crime or fraud. They are not allowed to advise private parties of their rights in bankruptcy.

The U.S. Trustee appoints private individuals to act as trustees in bankruptcy cases. Chapter 7 (liquidation) cases are handled by members of a panel of trustees, who are assigned cases on a rotating or geographical basis. You may hear them referred to as Panel Trustees. Contact them about buying or repossessing property or with information about a debtor or estate, but don't ask them for legal advice.

Only one trustee handles all Chapter 13 cases (repayment by individuals with regular income), and he is designated as the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee. The same trustee handles all Chapter 12 cases as well. Contact him about any matter of administration of any Chapter 13 or Chapter 12 case, but not to ask for legal advice.

Businesses reorganizing under Chapter 11 are managed by the company's directors and officers, or owners, as a "debtor-in-possession" unless the Bankruptcy Court orders the appointment of a trustee. If ordered, a trustee is appointed by the U.S. Trustee after consultation with principal parties.

Trustees in all different types of bankruptcy cases are responsible for convening the Meeting of Creditors pursuant to section 341 of the Bankruptcy Code. These meetings are held in various locations throughout the state, depending on where the debtor resides. Creditor meeting locations.

Instructions and Forms Required for Telephonic 341 Meeting of Creditors:

             Telephonic 341 Meeting of Creditors - Instructions for Testifying Debtors and Counsel

             Attorney Declaration Regarding Confirmation of Debtor Identity and Social Security Number

             Declaration Regarding Administration of Oath and Confirmation of Identity and Social Security Number



The Trustees for Maine

Office of United States Trustee:

537 Congress Street
Portland. ME 04101
tel (207) 780-3564

United States Trustee Web Site

Chapter 7 (panel) Trustees:

Nathaniel Hull
Verrill Dana, LLP
One Portland Square
P.O. Box 586
Portland, ME 04112-0586
tel (207) 253-4726

Anthony Manhart
One City Center
P.O. Box 9546
Portland, ME 04112
tel (207) 791-3000
fax (207) 791-3111

P.J. Perrino
128 State Street
P.O. Box 49
Augusta, ME 04332
tel (207) 622-1918
fax (207) 622-4531

Jeffrey Piampiano
Drummond Woodsum
84 Marginal Way Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480
tel (207) 772-1941

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee:

Andrew M. Dudley
P.O. Box 429
Brunswick, ME 04011
tel (207) 725-1300
fax (207) 725-0013

Chapter 12 Trustee:

Andrew M. Dudley
P.O. Box 429
Brunswick, ME 04011
tel (207) 725-1300
fax (207) 725-0013