A bankruptcy trustee is an individual who has been appointed by a bankruptcy court to oversee the financial reorganization of an individual who has filed for Chapter 13, Title 11 bankruptcy under the Uniform Bankruptcy Code adopted in the United States of America. A Chapter 13 trustee will develop the plan that will allow the person who has filed for Chapter 13 reorganization to repay their debts.
Under this form of bankruptcy, a bankruptcy trustee will supervise the payment plan of an individual until the debt is repaid or for three years, whichever happens first. However, if it is determined that the individual who has filed a bankruptcy claim has an above average level of income, then the Chapter 13 trustee may have to supervise the repayment plan for five years.
A bankruptcy trustee has a specific focus that a public trustee may employ. A Chapter 13 trustee can be alternatively known as a United States Trustee or a Bankruptcy Administrator. The branch of government of the United States of America which employs each bankruptcy trustee, whether they are a Chapter 13 trustee or any other kind, is the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. North Carolina and Alabama are the only states that employ bankruptcy administrators instead of a bankruptcy trustee.