When a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, the trustee’s responsibility is to see if there are any assets to administer for the benefit of the creditors. In the typical Chapter 7 case, there are no assets to administer. If there are, the case will remain open until all the approved claims are paid. Typically, the bankruptcy court clerk will mail out notices of discharge in a Chapter 7 case about 4 or 5 months after the case has been filed. Keep in mind that this is just a rough time frame. There is no rigid rule on this.