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How much does it cost to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? For the vast majority of cases, Parker & DuFresne, P.A. has traditionally charged an attorney fee of $1,500 to represent a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy from beginning to end. This fee can vary, either upward or downward, depending on your individual financial circumstances. Under our File Fast option, P&D charges only $249 for all bankruptcy services up to and including the “filing” of the bankruptcy. Our clients always need legal assistance after the case gets filed, so the balance of our traditional fee is $1,250, which is due after filing. As explained below, the balance can be paid in monthly installments. Can I pay my Chapter 7 attorney’s fee in installments? Historically, bankruptcy judges have required debtors to pay their entire attorney fee prior to filing bankruptcy. Judges have determined that a lawyer who collects any part of his bankruptcy fee after the bankruptcy filing is attempting to collect a pre-bankruptcy debt that is automatically included in the bankruptcy. This has caused undue hardship on many consumers who need to file bankruptcy right away but do not have the entire attorney fee available. HOWEVER, based upon a recent ruling by a Tampa bankruptcy judge, P&D is now offering an option to consumers to file a bankruptcy even before the entire bankruptcy attorney fee is paid

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