As far as Chapter 7 goes fees can range anywhere from $1,000.00 to $3,000.00, depending on the complexity of the case, depending on the skills of the Sleepy Hollow bankruptcy attorney and the location where the attorney is located. Once again, the Federal Government will approve and oversee all fees in a bankruptcy case so you don’t have to worry about being over charged.
You do want to do your homework though and do a little research and make sure that the attorney that you hire is charging a reasonable rate for bankruptcy services.
Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy law most attorneys’ fees have to be paid up front prior to the case being filed. By making a small down payment to your bankruptcy lawyer you can start referring creditors to that lawyer; however, the lawyer will typically not file your bankruptcy case until all your fees are paid and all of your pre-bankruptcy requirements are satisfied.
In some instances, a bankruptcy lawyer will file prior to receiving the full fee. In those cases the attorney will enter into a post-filing retainer agreement with the client spelling out what the attorney is going to do after the case is filed to earn his fee. The risk for the attorney is that even though there’s a post-filing agreement in place collection of those fees may be difficult unless the debtor is honest and willing to make the payment. The benefit to the client is that the case gets filed prior to the attorney’s fees being paid in full. Make sure that the local bankruptcy lawyer that you hire is fair and reasonable in terms of fees and make sure that you feel comfortable with the representation that you’re going to be receiving.
You can ask for referrals from that attorney. You can ask to see works that that attorney has written about. You can ask to see videos and other items on the website that will make you feel comfortable that that attorney is capable of handling your case. You also want to ask is the attorney a member of any bankruptcy organizations. I’m a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute at www.abiworld.org. The American Bankruptcy Institute is a collection of bankruptcy professionals on all facets of bankruptcy.
You will have bankruptcy judges, debtors’ attorneys, creditors’ attorneys, accountants, trustees and anybody tangentially related to the bankruptcy process. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the attorney that you hire because that attorney has to be available for you for questions throughout your case.