The trustee has different roles, depending if it's a chapter 7 or chapter 13. A chapter 7 trustee is in charge of administering your bankruptcy estate. That means looking for assets that they could take from you and sell to help pay off your creditors. It doesn't happen in every case. Some cases are no asset cases and the chapter 7 trustee doesn't have much to do. A chapter 13 trustee's job is to distribute the payment that you're making to the chapter 13 trustee to your creditors according to a chapter 13 payment plan that's filed at the very beginning of your case.