Bar Date

In the context of a bankruptcy case, this refers to the date (set by the court) on or before which a proof of claim must be filed.  Otherwise, the claim may be barred and the claimant entitled to no distribution from a plan or from the proceeds of the liquidation of debtor’s assets.  Again, to distinguish this from the context, a creditor should not flirt with a bar date, but should compose its proof of claim and file it as soon as practicable, always keeping an eye on the case docket for any special case rules imposed on the filing of claims.

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