The court filing fee for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is presently $335. The court filing fee for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is presently $310. These rates apply to single people or married couples.
According to USCourts.GOV, many people in Los Angeles fail to properly file bankruptcy without the assistance of an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
If you are struggling to get bills paid the last thing on your mind is paying an attorney to do something that you can just go do yourself. We love the DIY crowd but filing bankruptcy is not something that you want to do yourself.
Bankruptcy attorneys actually charge very reasonable rates, know the system in and out, and exist to save you time and money and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. The entire industry is very transparent; in fact, bankruptcy attorneys fees are publicly available on the US Government website “Pacer”. Most Los Angeles Bankruptcy attorneys charge around $1,000 – $1,500 for a Chapter 7 filing. Bankruptcy is one of those areas in life where you get what you pay for.
Elena Steers is a highly experienced bankruptcy attorney, the founder of Law Offices of Steers & Associates, and previously worked as a Bankruptcy Trustee Assistant at the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee in Los Angeles. Her current affiliations include the State Bar of California, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association.