A proof of claim is a document filed by a creditor for the right to payment as against the bankruptcy estate. The proof of claim should include a copy of the documentation giving rise to the claim, as well as evidence of secured status if the claim is secured. In certain cases, the notice of meeting of creditors sent to all creditors listed includes a proof of claim form. In Chapter 13, a creditor must file a proof of claim to participate in the process.

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