Fees are charged for all bankruptcy filings. The United States Bankruptcy Court determines the fees, and these fees are payable to United States the bankruptcy court.
These fees do not include fees paid to bankruptcy attorneys hired to assist in a filer's bankruptcy case. All bankruptcy lawyer fees should be discussed and finalized prior to hiring an bankruptcy attorney. Bankruptcy attorney fees can vary widely based on the filing state and the complexity of the bankruptcy case.
Filing Fees are current as of June 2014
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing Fee: $335.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Filing Fee: $310
Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Filing Fee: $275
Conversion Fee: $25 (allows a filer to change their Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case to a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case)
Couples filing together may pay one bankruptcy filing fee, and the filing fee may be paid in installments if the filer is unable to make the full payment. Filing fees may not be paid in more than 4 installment payments, and the last installment payment must be made no later than 120 days after the Bankruptcy Petition is filed. Under certain conditions, if cause is shown, the bankruptcy court may allow an extended installment period, but the final payment must be paid no later than 180 days after filing the bankruptcy petition (Fed. R. Bankr P. 1006(b)(2)). If a hardship exists a waiver for the cost of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may be allowed. Common hardships include 1) a debtor whose income is less than 150% of the poverty line. Information for poverty statistics are published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 2) a debtor who is not able to make the installment fee payment.
More Help on Filing Fees
- Bankruptcy Court - United States federal courts have jurisdiction over all bankruptcy cases and the cases are not allowed to be filed in state court. - read more
- Bankruptcy Petition - The bankruptcy petition is an official form filed by the person who wants to begin the Bankruptcy process. - read more
- Chapter 13 Bankruptcy - Chapter 13 Bankruptcy allows the debtor to create a 3 or 5 year bankruptcy repayment plan to restructure their debt payments. - read more
- Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is a liquidation or \"straight\" bankruptcy. It is the quickest, easiest and least expensive type of bankruptcy method to discharge debts. - read more
- Conversion - Conversion is the action to convert a bankruptcy case from one chapter to another chapter. - read more
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