The 341 hearing is a required meeting between debtors and the trustee. As the name of the meeting indicates, creditors are also invited to attend and can ask limited questions of the debtors about their petition and schedules. While many creditors are nervous about this meeting, your attorney should have prepared you for your upcoming Los Angeles meeting of creditors. The location for the 341 meeting of creditors in Los Angeles is at 725 South Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. This is not the location of the 341 hearing is you live in the valley. 725 South Figueroa is on the corner of Figueroa and 7th street and is also known as the Ernst & Young Building. This is not the same location as the Los Angeles Bankruptcy court so do not assume they are in the same location. There are several locations to park but nearly all of them are paid parking. The easiest place to park is likely in the large parking structure next to 725 South Figueroa located on 7th street. Parking here is not cheap so you may prefer to park at another location on Figueroa. There are several parking lots at various rates. After parking, when you walk into 725 South Figueroa the trustee’s office is located on the ground level. You do not need to access the elevators but can walk directly into office through the doors labeled U.S. Trustee Office. There are three separate meeting rooms and the notice you receive in the mail should list the room number (i.e. 101, 102, 103). If you are still worried about being in the right place, the trustee will usually post a list of names near the door listing the debtors to be examined. You can look for your name under the appropriate time slot to confirm you are in the right place.
Once you decide you are in the right place, there are a few things you probably need to do. First, be sure to read the green pamphlet. The trustee will ask if you have read the pamphlet and it covers important aspects of your bankruptcy. Second, many trustees have a questionnaire they ask debtors to fill out and sign. If you notice a questionnaire, pick one up and wait for the trustee to introduce himself at the start of the hour. If you are not represented by an attorney, there may be an additional form you may need to complete. Once the trustee finishes the examination, you are free to leave.