A recent study found that while bankruptcy attorney fees vary from state to state, between 2005 and 2009 fees averaged $1,080 to $1,200. In Idaho, fees were as little as $700. In other parts of the country, they can climb to $2,500.
Those fees are in addition to the fees the bankruptcy court will collect when you file. Filing fees can range from $306 for a Chapter 7 filing to $1213 for a Chapter 15 bankruptcy.
Is Your Bankruptcy Attorney Charging You Too Much?
If you feel that your attorney is overcharging you to handle your bankruptcy, you may find some relief from the judge. Bankruptcy judges may regulate attorney compensation and have the authority to discipline attorneys for charging excessive fees.
Take the example of James Glen Whitley. In 2008 and 2009, he failed to reorganize his debts under his Chapter 13 filing. On March 4, 2009, the court dismissed Whitley's 2008 petition without prejudice (without prejudice means that none of Whitley's rights or were considered to be lost or waived). However, in 2009 the court dismissed his case again, this time with prejudice (when a judge dismisses the case with prejudice, the party who filed the claim is forbidden from re-filing the case). But then a few months later, the court vacated its dismissal of Whitley's case and converted his filing to a Chapter 7 case.
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