THE BANKRUPTCY COST IN THE U.S.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, it is estimated that between 200,000 and 1 million consumers in the United States are unable to come up with the 1,500 to 2,500 Dollars average cost to pay for the bankruptcy protection’s filing and lawyer fees this year.
Bankruptcy cases are usually completed within 4 to 6 months of filing it.
The cost for filing a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy vary from state to state due to filling fees, legal fees and bankruptcy types.
COURT FILING FEES effective October 1, 2008 - Most States
Chapter 7 = $299.00. Basic liquidation for business and individuals. (the simplest and quickest form available).
Chapter 9 = $1039.00. For the resolution of municipal debts.
Chapter 11 = $1,039.00. Known as corporate bankruptcy. Reorganization allows companies (or individuals with substantial debts and assets) to follow debt repayment plans
Chapter 12 = $239.00. Family farmers and fishermen.
Chapter 13 = $274.00. Known as Wage-Earner Bankruptcy. Reorganization allows with a regular source of income to create a debt repayment plan.
Chapter 15 = $1039.00. International cases. Helps foreign debtors to pay off debts.
Adversary Proceeding - Unless filed by debtor in Chapter 7 or 13 = $250.00
ATTORNEY'S LEGAL FEES
Legal Fees for Chapter 7 and 13 can cost from $1,000 to $3,000 or more. Other Chapters can cost substantially higher.
Some attorneys and law firms charge extra for obtaining credit reports, the credit counseling certificate, long distance phone calls, postage, mileage, parking, or some other expenses.
Always make sure that you'll be paying a FLAT FEE for the legal service. Also, ask if you can make payments if needed.
Most common reasons people are filling for bankruptcy nowadays:
Most common bills people have that are responsible for filling for bankruptcy nowadays:
Types of income: Full-time Employment, Part-time Employment, Social Security Benefits, Pension/Retirement Benefits, Child Support/Maintenance, Alimony Payments, Unemployment Benefits
Here are some of the largest bankruptcy fees ever charged:
The largest bankruptcy fees ever paid in America is about 2 Billion Dollars for the Lehman’s $613 billion debt.
Enron Corp.’s $65.5 billion debt paid $757 Million in bankruptcy cost.
City of Detroit 18 Billion restructuring debt tab, which are believed to reach over 200 Million Dollars. The largest tabs are from the city's lead bankruptcy firm Jones Day, which billed $52.3 million, Conway MacKenzie billed $17.2 million, Ernst & Young billed about $20 million, the investment banking firm Miller Buckfire billed $6.2 million. Also, the city's actuarial consultant Milliman billed more than $2 million.
Detroit's fee surpasses the 120 Million bankruptcy fees paid by GM in 2009.