People who are considering bankruptcy often wonder just how much it is going to cost them to actually file bankruptcy. While attorneys charge a range of fees for Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies, the court filing fees are established and set by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
In the Northern District of California, the Bankruptcy Court has a website outlining the fee schedule for filing and changes.
For a Chapter 7, the court fee to file the petition is $299. This amount is due to the court on the day your bankruptcy petition is filed. There are some circumstances that allow for payment of the court fee in installments and an application has to be filled out an approved by the court. After the installment application is approved, the court sets a fee payment schedule for the balance of the fees. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee at all in a Chapter 7, there are special procedures to follow to receive a waiver of the filing fee. I’ll cover these special procedures in a future blog post.
The court filing fee in a Chapter 13 is currently $274. There is not a waiver of the filing fee available in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Again, the entire fee must be paid when your petition is filed.
This is just a general overview of the basic fees involved with a consumer bankruptcy. There are other fees that may apply to your individual situation and you should contact an attorney or read the U.S. Bankruptcy Court website for further information.
Jennifer Wright says
Thanks for the information on the court filing costs regarding a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. My husband and I are being sued for credit accounts and we are drowning in credit debt, but don’t want to lose our house. What would your fee run, hourly or lump sum or do you accept a payment plan? Honetly, we don’t have much money. We want to file chapter 13 if possible to get this debt consolidated and get these lawsuits off our back.
Jen Grondahl Lee says
Attorney fees can vary some, depending on the difficulty of your case. For a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, I generally do part of the attorney fee up front and then part of it is included in your repayment plan as part of the bankruptcy. If you would like to give me a call or email me, we can discuss your individual situation and options available to you. There is no charge for the initial bankruptcy consultation. My number is 925-586-6738 or you can email me at [email protected]