Not surprisingly, a common question I am asked when meeting with a potential client for the first time is, “How much does filing for bankruptcy cost?” The costs vary depending on what type of bankruptcy you are filing and if any additional filings are necessary for your case. Then, there is always the cost of retaining an experienced bankruptcy lawyer to help guide you through the process. While the attorney fees will vary, the court has set amounts for filings and miscellaneous fees, which we will discuss here.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer: Court Filing Fees for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
The court charges standard fees to cover administrative costs involved with opening and filing your case. The first court fee you will encounter is the filing fee. This is the initial fee you must pay in order to file your bankruptcy petition. For a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the fee is currently $335.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney: Court Filing Fees for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Much like with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the court requires a filing fee for filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition. Presently, the fee for filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is $310.
Other Common Court Fee Associated with Filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
There are some other fees you may encounter while filing your Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy:
Adding a creditor after filing – $31
Converting a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7 – $25
Motion to Reopen a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case – $260
Motion to Reopen a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Case – $235
The list above are the most common additional fees a person filing bankruptcy may be required to pay. You can visit the Colorado Bankruptcy Court website in order to see a complete list of all fees associated with bankruptcy.