Will the bankruptcy trustee care if I used a mailing address different than my home address?

No.  (At least not in Utah).

I just finished a telephone call with a client who filed the bankruptcy using his mailing address for the past 6 years.  He recently moved to a new apartment in an adjoining city but was worried that the trustee would ask why he used one address for mail and court notices but lives at a separate address.

I advised him that this is fairly normal in bankruptcy.  Some people may be facing eviction or foreclosure, and they will want to use a good mailing address where they know they can receive mail, even if they physically move in the next month or so.  Other people may simply be so organized that all of their mail goes to their office, or their parents’ home, or wherever.

The real danger lies in when a debtor or attorney may try to file in an improper venue (place).  If you have a case in the Southern District of California but file it in the Northern District of California because the attorney doesn’t want to drive as far, this is improper.  The other parties in the case, or even the court itself, can move to dismiss or transfer your case to the right district.

Here in Utah, this is a non-issue:  there is only a single District of Utah.  No Southern or Northern districts here.

The official rule is Bankruptcy Rule 1014, RULE 1014. DISMISSAL AND CHANGE OF VENUE:

(a) Dismissal and Transfer of Cases.

(1) Cases Filed in Proper District. If a petition is filed in the proper district, the court, on the timely motion of a party in interest or on its own motion, and after hearing on notice to the petitioners, the United States trustee, and other entities as directed by the court, may transfer the case to any other district if the court determines that the transfer is in the interest of justice or for the convenience of the parties.

(2) Cases Filed in Improper District. If a petition is filed in an improper district, the court, on the timely motion of a party in interest or on its own motion, and after hearing on notice to the petitioners, the United States trustee, and other entities as directed by the court, may dismiss the case or transfer it to any other district if the court determines that transfer is in the interest of justice or for the convenience of the parties.