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Sorry, but the answer is yes, if the proceeds were from a pre-petition asset. it does not matter when you became aware of the suit, but the period for which the suit was involved. So, if it was for period worked prior to the bankruptcy case, the trustee is within their right to request the funds to distribute to your creditors. It is akin to a personal injury case. If you were injured the day before you filed bankruptcy, the lawsuit is the asset, which you were entitled to pursue as of the date you filed the case. If the injury was the day after you filed, it is not part of the bankruptcy estate. The right to sue is the asset, it's just that the proceeds are not known at that time, which is irrelevant to the issue of whether it is an asset of the bankruptcy estate.
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