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You certainly have the right to ask the trustee that question directly. If I were the trustee, I would want that stub to establish you are not receiving income from those failed businesses. A pay stub from your new employer would establish that and it would be for my own protection.
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Has the trustee declared to be an asset case yet? Requesting your current pay stub may be for verification of the means test information.
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Sorry to hear that you had such a bad time. I can't tell you precisely what information the trustee does or does not have the power to request from the debtor. The trustee's discovery powers are very broad. It would be foolhardy to make an issue out of the paycheck on some obscure legal grounds obtained through online research. The trustee would just subpoena it from your employer. Plus it would be like waving a red flag which makes you look suspicious.
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Yes I have practiced bankruptcy law over the years, but your situation is not something that a bankruptcy lawyer runs into every day, or every decade. The answer you are looking for will require extensive research of a very esoteric nature in order to find authority to deny the trustees request. That cannot be done by online attorneys who answer general legal questions. What you need is a highly specialized business bankruptcy attorney who has experience dealing with difficult trustee authority situations. With what is at stake, you cannot afford to be pro se, and you can afford very good legal counsel. If you are not satisfied with my answer, then you do not have to rate it, and we can both go our separate ways.
This was your question: Why would the chapter 7 trustee insist that I provide my most recently received pay stubs for a job started post petition?
I had to second-guess what someone else was thinking, which I did. You did not request backup authority from the bankruptcy code or case law authority for the trustee to make such a request Had you done so, I would not have undertaken this question. I hope you will contact a competent bankruptcy lawyer. When you find out that what I have told you is exactly right, you can always come back and give me a five-star rating later. :-)