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When you say the bankruptcy was "finished" in December 2010, do you mean you received your Discharge? Or do you mean that the case was closed by the bankruptcy court?
Please provide this additional clarification so I can more accurately and specifically answer your question.
Good morning again.
I am not sure of the clear question you have as there seem to be multiple questions in your postings, however:
When you state: "Now our lawyer says there is a difference in discharged and closed and that our debt was discharged but the bankruptcy was not closed so the new lawyer had every right to send notices to all of our creditors. It just does not seem right for all of our credititors to get another chance to make a claim against our 5 acres. We were told when we attended the creditor meeting that someone woulld be in touch with us and have us sign a quit claim deed for our property. We never heard anymore from the court, until this notice that the new lawyer was sending out a chance for any creditors to make a claim that did not make a claim to begin with." That is entirely true and possible (the delay). A discharge is different than the closing of the case. The discharge is what you, the debtor, are seeking when you file the case. The case remains open though to allow the Trustee to research and review assets that you aren't allowed to keep. This process may take months or years, depending on the asset(s) the Trustee is disposing of.
I cannot speak as to why you weren't able to reach anyone regarding what to do about the tax bill. I cannot speculate as to why no one called you back.
As for the status of the property: Yes, if you have the amount the Trustee has valued the property at, you can essentially "buy" it back from the Trustee.
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