Attorney Fees and Costs for Bankruptcy
The initial consultation to discuss your bankruptcy questions is free. During this first visit, we can talk with you about the attorney fees and costs required to file for and fully-litigate a bankruptcy case from the beginning to the end.
The amount of attorney fees and costs that you will pay depend on a variety of factors including whether your case is a consumer bankruptcy case or a small business bankruptcy case. The fees may also depend on whether you are filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.
Attorney for Bankruptcy Cases in Dallas, Texas
Linda Littlefield of Littlefield Law Firm can help you understand how the rules of the Bankruptcy Code might apply to your Dallas, TX bankruptcy case. With that, it is imperative that any individual considering bankruptcy understand the other costs associated with filing; this includes attorneys fees and the cost of filing.
The Dallas, Texas attorneys at Littlefield Law Firm are open, honest, and affordable attorneys dedicated to providing you with the fresh start that you will need after being saddled with debt. To successfully assist individuals seeking bankruptcy services throughout the greater Dallas area, it is our job to help you understand the consequences of bankruptcy. Our experienced attorneys are familiar with the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Local Rules of the court where your case may be filed.
We represent clients in bankruptcy court throughout the greater Dallas area including in the Northern District of Texas at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas. We also represent clients in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Plano, TX.
At Littlefield Law Firm, our bankruptcy attorneys with offices in Dallas, TX, represent clients throughout Dallas County, Collin County, Kaufman County, and Rockwall County.
Call (972) 812-0900 to discuss your case.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees and Costs
If you retain Littlefield Law Firm, the basic attorney fees and court costs for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy are set by the bankruptcy judge. The fees are typically set at $3,500.00-$4,000.00 for a non-business bankruptcy case, and the court costs are $310.00. The fees for a business-related case are typically set at $4,200.00 to $4,500.00, and the court costs are $310.00.
The down payment for the attorney fees will be discussed during the initial consultation, and the balance of fees may be payable under a payment plan through the Chapter 13 Trustee.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees and Costs
The basic attorney fees for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy are set by the attorney, but the bankruptcy trustee will review the attorney's fees to determine whether the fees are reasonable. The court costs for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy are $335. The fee for a basic Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy is approximately $2,000 plus court costs.
Chapter 7 Business Bankruptcy cases tend to be more expensive because they are more complex. The starting fees for a simple Chapter 7 Business Bankruptcy case begin at $2,500.
The fees for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy include:
- any additional consultations after the initial consultation;
- filing the petition, Schedules, Statement of Financial Affairs, and Means Testing;
- attending the first meeting of creditors (often called the "Section 341 Meeting"); and
- the standard follow-up contacts with creditors.
Additional services may require additional fees and an extra retainer. Those additional services might include:
- the defense of adversary proceedings where a creditor has requested a determination that your debt should not be discharged;
- motions to lift a stay request by a creditor that is seeking to foreclose on your property;
- actions for lien avoidance;
- amendments to the schedules or statements to include items that you forgot to tell the attorney about; and
- initiating an additional action against the IRS to determine whether back taxes are dischargeable.