The cost to file bankruptcy in Tennessee is $338 for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and $313 for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2023, but the answer becomes more nuanced if you decide to file with a bankruptcy attorney and if you are trying to get the filing fees waived.
If you are like me, you probably wonder how you can afford the cost of bankruptcy in Tennessee when it’s difficult to pay bills, especially starting in 2023 as continues to be an issue. 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 Nashville or Memphis.
The purpose of this article is to provide you with estimated all-in costs:
A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is often less expensive than Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys in Tennessee can cost between $1000 - $1500. The cost may increase or decrease based on the following factors: Complexity, location, level of attorney connection, and the bankruptcy lawyer's expertise.
Here are some of the ranges of cost in major cities in Tennessee.
Nashville is the most populated city in Tennessee with a population of 681,928. Bankruptcy attorneys in Nashville can cost an estimated $1,200.
Bankruptcy attorneys in Memphis can cost an estimated $1,170.
Bankruptcy attorneys in Knoxville can cost an estimated $1,170.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Tennessee can cost $3,000. 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
Bankruptcy filing costs are pretty similar across the United States, not just Tennessee. Here are the other costs to consider.
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).
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When you file bankruptcy, you have to take an approved credit counseling course in Tennessee and a debtor education course. You can often take both courses online. The average cost may is around $10 to $50 per course. Please note that the courses must be approved, so here is the list of approved Tennessee credit counseling courses and Tennessee debtor education courses that should also have the cost associated with the course.
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:
With rising inflation in 2023, a question I’ve heard is whether inflation will affect the cost of bankruptcy. Let’s cover whether inflation may affect the filing fee and the attorney costs in Tennessee.
The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing fee was updated from $335 to $338, and the Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing fee was updated from $310 to $313 effective December 1st, 2020. Based on the very slight change, I would not expect the filing fee to negatively impact you.
You may see some inflation in attorney fee costs as inflation may force bankruptcy attorneys to pay more to employees and face higher costs of living themselves in cities such as Memphis or Knoxville or across Tennessee.
You may live in a suburb in Tennessee and wonder if you should hire a local attorney or an account in a bigger city like Memphis to save on bankruptcy costs.
As Nashville has the highest population in Tennessee of 681,928, you may expect that the cost of bankruptcy attorney fees may be higher in Nashville than Knoxville.
While the cost may be higher in Nashville, there also may be more bankruptcy attorneys increasing competition and dropping prices. So, you actually could find that the total cost to file bankruptcy including bankruptcy fees could be actually much higher in your city than in Nashville.
One thing to be aware of is that most bankruptcy attorneys offer free bankruptcy consultations, so you can get multiple perspectives. Also, our bankruptcy cost calculator below takes into consideration those variables when providing you with an all-in cost estimate.
You may compare prices from two different bankruptcy attorneys in Memphis, and find attorney costs vary between two attorneys.
The Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys often charge the same amount regardless in Knoxville due to the no-look fee (a normal fee for the services provided). That said, the Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney fee can vary greatly, so it's important to understand what you are getting for the additional cost.
The bankruptcy lawyer cost is often based on the following attributes:
For example, let’s say you make $10,000 above the median income for Tennessee and still want to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The attorney may then have to spend additional time looking over your expenses to see whether you would qualify for a Chapter 7 even though you are above the median. Additional attorney time generally means a higher overall bankruptcy cost.
If you are interested to learn more, please visit this article: Understanding Bankruptcy Lawyer Fees.