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Understand the Cost to File Bankruptcy in Louisiana

Written by Ben Tejes
Updated Sep 3rd, 2021

If you are like me, you probably wonder how you can afford the cost of bankruptcy in Louisiana when it’s difficult to pay bills. Many bankruptcy costs such as the filing fee and the credit counseling courses are relatively similar. That said, the cost of bankruptcy attorney fees may range dramatically whether you are in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. 

The purpose of this article is to provide you with estimated all-in costs:

  1. Bankruptcy Attorney Fees
  2. Bankruptcy Filing Costs

1. Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Louisiana

Bankruptcy attorneys in Louisiana can cost between $800 - $1500. The cost may increase or decrease based on complexity and location.

Here are some of the ranges of cost in major cities in Louisiana.

Attorney Fees in New Orleans

New Orleans is the most populated city in Louisiana with a population of 399,187. Bankruptcy attorneys in New Orleans can cost an estimated $1,500.

Attorney Fees in Baton Rouge

Bankruptcy attorneys in Baton Rouge can cost an estimated $1,200.

Attorney Fees in Shreveport

Bankruptcy attorneys in Shreveport can cost an estimated $1,000.

2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Louisiana

Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Louisiana can cost $2400 - $2800. The fee can depend on the district.

While Chapter 7 attorney fees have variability, many Chapter 13 fees are relatively similar based on no-look fees, a reasonable cost for the service provided. You may still want to see whether the attorney charges an hourly rate for any additional work after filing the Chapter 13

3. Bankruptcy Filing Costs

Bankruptcy filing costs are pretty similar across the United States, not just Louisiana. Here are the other costs to consider. 

Bankruptcy Filing Fees

The US Courthouse has a fee schedule and a bankruptcy form that provides the filing fee. 

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing fee is $338 ($245 filing fee $78 administrative fee + $15 trustee surcharge).

The Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing fee is $313 ($235 filing fee + $78 administrative fee).

Mandatory Course Costs

When you file bankruptcy, you have to take an approved credit counseling course in Louisiana and a debtor education course. You can often take both courses online. The average cost may is around $10 to $50 per course.

Miscellaneous Costs

You may have to pay for transportation to the meeting of creditors at the courthouse. You may also have to pay for a credit report for your attorney (although they may be able to help you with the credit report).

You can estimate the cost of transportation to one of the bankruptcy courts below:

Eastern District

  • United States District Court
    U.S. Courthouse
    500 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  • US District Court
    Eastern District of Louisiana
    Room C-151
    500 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

Middle

  • 777 Florida Street
    Suite 139
    Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Western

  • 515 Murray Street, Suite 105
    Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
    (318) 473-7415
  • 800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2100
    Lafayette Louisiana 70501
    (337) 593-5000
  • 611 Broad Street, Suite 188
    Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601
    (337) 437-3870
  • 201 Jackson Street, Suite 215
    Monroe, Louisiana 71201
    (318) 322-6740