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United States Trustee (UST)

Definition - What does United States Trustee (UST) mean?

A United States Trustee is a government official appointed by the Attorney General to oversee bankruptcy proceedings in a specific region of the country. The Attorney General appoints 21 United States Trustees (UST) who are entrusted with handling bankruptcy proceedings for the whole country except for Alabama and North Carolina, who use a separate system. Terms for a United States Trustees last for five years.

Justipedia explains United States Trustee (UST)

United States Trustees are part of a system that is called the United States Trustee Program. This program is a part of the Department of Justice. United States Trustees do not actually prosecute people for violating bankruptcy laws. That power is reserved for U.S. Attorneys. However, the United States Trustees are required to gather information about bankruptcy filings and hand it over to other officials within the Department of Justice who deal with prosecution. United States Trustees basically serve the function of supervising bankruptcy filings to make sure all rules are followed.They also receive payments from debtors who are part of repayment plans and distribute the money to creditors. USTs also distribute assets to creditors when there are assets that can be sold off to pay even part of the debt owed.

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