Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Was That Information Important?

I'm in a bankruptcy hearing room, waiting for my client to arrive and her case to be called.

I'm listening to the trustee (appointed by the court to administer the case) question the couple currently appearing before him. The bankruptcy papers have been filed under oath and are supposed to be accurate. Moreover, the testimony is given under oath, so that's supposed to be accurate, too.

Is this case, the trustee is asking about income.

Trustee: Your papers show that your income may not be enough to be able to afford what you're trying to keep. Are you going to be able to afford this?

Debtor: Oh, yeah! that's because I get paid under the table at another job. I get paid cash and I don't report it.

Trustee: ?!?! I'm sorry what was that?

Debtor: That paperwork doesn't have all the income.

Trustee: [Turning to the attorney]. Of course I'm going to be very interested in finding out what's going on here. Please provide a written explanation regarding the income. I need that within 10 days.

I'm glad that wasn't my case!

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