Bankruptcy Filing Fees

Bankruptcy is regulated by the federal government. That means the filing fees are often the same no matter what state you live in.

There may be some differences when it comes to miscellaneous fees. Generally, bankruptcy filing fees are the same from state to state.

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – $335
  • Chapter 9 Bankruptcy – $1,717 (municipality bankruptcy)
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy – $1,717 (bankruptcy for businesses, excluding railroads)
  • Chapter 12 Bankruptcy – $275 (family farmer or fisherman bankruptcy)
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy – $310 (debt restructuring)
  • Chapter 15 Bankruptcy – $1,717 (cross-border bankruptcy cases)

Each bankruptcy case is different to each client. Let’s say that two people in San Antonio might both be filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. These two may end up paying completely different fees, depending on their needs and how their case progresses.

For example, there are additional fees for amending schedules and/or lists. According to the U.S. bankruptcy courts, if a debtor needs to change anything on their list of creditors, debts, etc. they must pay a $31 fee. In some cases, this fee can be waived by the judge.

Filing a complaint is also an extra fee, $350 to be exact. Complaints are filed by trustees or debtors-in-possession and can only be paid out of their estate (if there is one).

The U.S. courts also impose fees for petitioners who wish to change the type of bankruptcy case they are filing. For example, let’s say there’s a debtor who filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. They then decide that Chapter 7 bankruptcy would be more appropriate. To change the filing from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7, they would pay a $10 fee to file this motion. Payment of the fee does not guarantee the motion will be granted.

If you would like to view the bankruptcy fee schedule in detail, you can visit the U.S. Court’s website or contact a San Antonio bankruptcy attorney at our firm.

At Malaise Law Firm, we exist to help guide you through the bankruptcy process to a successful resolution to your debt. For a confidential consultation, call us today!

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