Most of my Chapter 7 bankruptcy clients never set foot in bankruptcy court. They do attend a creditors meeting called a 341 hearing at the Strom Thurmond building in Columbia, SC. At the hearing is the chapter 7 trustee, other debtors and debtors attorneys, and in some cases-creditors. In a small percentage of my cases, the trustee or a creditor objects to a particular issue in one of my clients cases and we have to fight the issue before a bankruptcy judge. In Chapter 13 cases, my clients appear in bankruptcy court a little more often because they have Chapter 13 plans that average 3-5 years in length and often these clients are seeking some sort of relief from the bankruptcy court.