What is the cost to file bankruptcy? 32 Answers as of January 17, 2014

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Joseph Lehn, Esq
Joseph Lehn, Esq | Lehn Law, PA
The filing fee to the Clerk of the Court is $281. Additionally an attorney will assess a fee to represent you in your case. The attorney fee is determined by the division in which your case is filed and the length of your case.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/17/2014
Pew Law Center
Pew Law Center | Lawrence 'D' Pew
The cost to file bankruptcy definitely is contingent on the case itself. Every case usually has its own unique twist to it. The best approach for a law firm to ensure their clients are properly taken care of is to sit you down in a consultation and have one of our staff go over your finances with you to first, see if your qualified. You wouldn't believe how many people don't end up qualifying. It's always safe to sit down with a firm and go over your situation so you can set realistic expectations and goals.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 1/16/2014
GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C.
GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
The cost varies. Chapter 7's cost less, Chapter 13's cost more (but some of the fees can be paid through the Chapter 13 plan). Don't be fooled by low fee ads. In Denver, most of these low fee ad attorneys charge more than I do! It is simply a way to get people through the door. I will quote a flat fee once I meet with the client, and ask my standard questions.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 1/15/2014
Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
Court filing fee is $306 for chapter 7 and $289 for chapter 13. Legal fees vary greatly.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 1/14/2014
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
That depends on what chapter you file. The filing fee for Chapter 7 is 306.00.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 1/14/2014
    Law Offices of Linda Rose Fessler | Linda Fessler
    A Chapter 7 runs about $1700 including filing fees, your counseling costs, etc. this also includes an attorney appearing with you at the Meeting of Creditors. Beware of those who will advertise $100 and then start adding additional amounts. A Chapter 13 usually runs about $2500 and up.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Garner Law Office
    Garner Law Office | Daniel Garner
    The current filing fees are $306 for a Chapter 7 and $281 for a Chapter 13, plus the cost of the mandatory credit counseling (offered by many different providers at various prices.) Some attorneys charge a standard fee per case while others (like me) quote cases individually based on the complexity of the case. Most offer free consultations. The range for a Chapter 7 is generally between $1000 and $2000. Some allow you to make payments on their fee, but most will require full payment before filing your case. Paralegals offer lower-cost document preparation but cannot give you legal advice and cannot represent you at the trustee hearing or in court. You file the case on your own and take full responsibility for getting all the documentation filed on time and meeting all the deadlines. While many people file Chapter 7 in this way, very few succeed in a Chapter 13 without an attorney. A 13 is far more complex and therefore also costs more than a 7.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Lynch Law Offices, P.C. | Roseanne N. Lynch
    There are both attorneys fees and costs. Attorney fees can vary widely, depending on which Chapter you file and what issues you may have that will require additional work for the lawyer. The filing fee also vary by District. Contact an attorney that give a free consult and request a flat rate fee.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
    It is $306 to file a Chapter 7 and slightly less for a Chapter 13.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Underwood & Riemer, P.C.
    Underwood & Riemer, P.C. | James D. Patterson
    The costs to file are set by your local bankruptcy court. So, you need to review those on the federal bankruptcy website and see what those are. There are several fees included in filing, but it generally totals a little more than $400 in the Southern District of Alabama for the basic fees to file.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    There is a court filing fee of $306 to file Chapter 7, there is a wide range of cost for the pre-filing & post filing classes which are mandatory. The fee any attorney may charge will depend on the amount of work to be performed, the attorney's level or expertise, the difficulty of the work being performed. As well as how much other attorneys in your community may be charging.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    It depends. I charge $900.00 plus the filing fee for an uncomplicated ch7 case. In addition to that there are two on line courses you must take. The cheapest is $5.00 and $8.00 respectively.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    LAW OFFICES OF CRAIG BURNETT | Craig Alan Burnett
    The cost can vary widely depending on the complexity of your case. A simple bankruptcy should cost about $1200 to $1500 in attorneys fees. The court also charges a filing fee of $306 for Chapter 7.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    306 filing fee for chapter 7 and then the legal fee can generally range from $1,250 to $2,500.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Marjorie Guymon
    The filing fee is $306 unless you qualify for a waiver. In order to qualify for a waiver you must be poverty level income. Fees range among law firms, depending upon the amount of attorney contact, from $1500-$2000 for a qualified one.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. | J. Thomas Black
    There is a court filing fee of $306.00. Attorney fees vary depending on the reputation, experience and competence of the attorney, the area of the country, the complexity of the case, and other factors.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C.
    Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C. | Stuart M. Nachbar
    It depends on what type you are filing chapter 7 atty fees are anywhere from 1500 to 3000 with filing fee of 306 whereas chapter 13 is 2000 to 3500 for attorney fee and 286 filing fee.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Meister & McCracken Law Firm, PLLC | Joanne M. McCracken
    There are differing costs depending on the type of bankruptcy. The filing fee paid to the Court as the cost of filing is $306.00 for a Chapter 7. Attorney fees, credit counseling fees and other fees differ from case to case. To obtain an accurate cost, you should consult with a reputable qualified bankruptcy attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Kirby G. Moss PC | Kirby G. Moss
    Court costs for Ch7 are $306 and for Ch13 are $281, if that is the question. The attorney's charges vary.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Thomas Vogele & Associates, APC | Thomas A. Vogele
    The cost to file depends on the complexity of your case and what chapter you choose. A simple Chapter 7 can be as little as $1,500 plus filing fees, while a personal Chapter 11 can involve fees in excess of $50,000.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Hoang & Tran PLLC | Adam Tran
    These are the current bankruptcy: Chapter 7 $306 Chapter 13 $281
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/15/2014
    214bankruptcy.com
    214bankruptcy.com | Rustin Polk
    The specific dollar amount depends on a ton of different factors but in general, the answer to the question "what is the cost to file bankruptcy" is this: the cost is a tiny fraction of the amount you already owe.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Scott Goldstein | Scott Goldstein
    That will depend on the attorney you choose. The filing fee for a bankruptcy is 306 for chapter 7, 281 for chapter 13 and 1213 for Chapter 11. These are the fees charged by the Court. Your attorney will charge whatever legal fees he or she deems appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Law Office of Mark B. French
    Law Office of Mark B. French | Mark B. French
    The filing fees for the common consumer chapters are currently $306 for Chapter 7 and $281 for Chapter 13.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    MCBRIDE LAW OFFICE | Robert E. McBride
    The fee for legal services depends on the attorney and any fee ceiling established by the local US Bankruptcy Court. Expenses are typically payable in addition to the fee for legal services. The filing fee paid to the Bankruptcy Court is $306 for Chapter 7 cases and $281 for Chapter 13 cases. There may be other expenses based on the debtor's particular circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    Depends on the issues involved, the responsibilities involved, the expertise of the lawyer, the time involved and the ability of the client to pay.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    It depends where? Also depends if Chapter 7 or 13?
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 1/15/2014
    Law Office of Michael Johnson
    Law Office of Michael Johnson | Michael Johnson
    Depends on your facts. Most attorneys allow you a free consult so you can determine the what chapter is best for you and how much they are going to charge you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Stittleburg Law Office
    Stittleburg Law Office | Bernd Stittleburg
    Attorney fees vary from law firm to law firm. The Bankruptcy Court filing fee is $306 for a Chapter 7 and $281 for a Chapter 13.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Archer & Archer | Andrew Archer
    That depends on what Chapter you will need to file. The court costs are $306 for a chapter 7 and $281 for a chapter 13.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A.
    Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. | Jane Downey
    It really depends on what chapter you file. Most 7's and 13's are in the $3K range plus another $300+ in costs.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 1/14/2014
    Barr, Jones & Associates LLP
    Barr, Jones & Associates LLP | Andrew Brasse
    There is a legal fee and filing fee. The filing fee in Ohio is around $300.00 ($306.00 in the Southern District of Ohio). The legal fee can range anywhere from $500 to $1500.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 1/14/2014
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