No Charge Services
I do not charge for the initial consultation. It is a free consultation. The initial consultations includes a debt and budget analysis with recommendations based on your achievable goals.
Charges and Fees for Filing Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 base attorney fees are set by the bankruptcy judges. This means you can hire an experienced Board Certified bankruptcy attorney, like myself, for the same price as a larger volume law firm would charge you for a junior staff lawyer or paralegal. If your case required additional work, I would have to ask permission from the Court for a higher fee and show my detailed time logs to justify the amounts.
In both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the basic fees for a non-business bankruptcy related case set by the judge is $3,500.00-$3700. Generally I take $500 down for a chapter 13 unless it is an emergency(ie day before foreclosure or eviction) then the downpayment may be higher. The basic fees for business related cases is $4,500.00. The court costs are $310.00 for Chapter 13 cases. I will analyze the complexity of your case at the initial consultation, and down payment and we will agree on a mutually acceptable payment plan through the Chapter 13 Trustee.
I practice bankruptcy in both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. See bottom of page for the list of most of the counties served by me.
Chapter 7 basic attorney fees are set by the attorney however they are reviewed by the United States Trustee for reasonableness. The basic fee depends on the complexity of the case. Usually for the simplest case, the fee is $2000 plus court costs of $335. I also give a discount to people on a fixed income such as social security or disability. Business chapter 7 cases are more expensive for obvious reasons due to complexity with fees starting at $2500-$4000.
The base chapter 7 fee includes:
- Subsequent consultations after initial consultation and Assistance in the preparation of the Statement of Affairs and Schedules and Means Testing;
- Attendance with you at one (1) meeting of creditors (the “Section 341 Meeting”); and
- Normal and routine creditor contact.
- Reaffirmation agreements
Besides the base fee and court cost deposit, we rarely may incur other out-of-pocket expenses such as long distance, photocopying, and postage.
For other services, we may charge an extra fee and may require an extra retainer
Such extra services include:
- Defense of adversary proceedings where a creditor has requested a determination that your debt to it should not be discharged;
- Motions to lift stay” where a creditor requests that the Court allow it to foreclose on your property;
- Lien avoidance actions;
- Excessive Amendments to the Schedules or Statement to include matters that you forgot to inform us about; and
- Complaints and/or Proceedings that you may wish to file – e.g. a suit against the IRS to determine that back taxes are dischargeable.
- Sales or refinancing of homesteads
The above list does not include everything but represents the type of “extra” matters or services not included in the basic retainer. If you believe that you may require any “extra services,” please inform me at the earliest possible time. Proper arrangements concerning them can then be made and your interests protected. If you do not disclose all of your assets or debts or if you do not tell the truth and any Complaints or Motions are filed I maintain the absolute right to withdraw as your counsel as I will not represent anyone who is not truthful and forthcoming with me
Business cases or cases with a large number of creditors will likely be a higher fee due to the fact that more time is required to handle them. Unlike most attorneys, I make payment arrangements for my Chapter 7 clients. Please call 214-522-3669 to discuss the fee arrangement available.
The Northern District of Texas includes the following counties
The Eastern District of Texas serves the following counties
To contact me by email, please use this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.