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A Chapter 7 bankruptcy case can be reopened after discharge under certain circumstances.
Bankruptcy Code Section 350(b) authorizes the bankruptcy court to reopen a case for various reasons including to "administer assets, to accord relief to the debtor, or for other cause." Fed. R. Bankr. P. 5010 states: "A case may be reopened on motion of the debtor or other party in interest pursuant to §350(b) of the Code." (emphasis added). See In re Chalasani, 92 F.3d 1300, 1308 (2d Cir. 1996).
The final authority to reopen the case is with the court. If you can prove that you need to reopen the case to be relieved of a debt, you should have good cause to get this done.
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