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Understand the Cost to File Bankruptcy in Utah

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 Utah 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 Salt Lake City or West Valley City. 

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 Utah

Bankruptcy attorneys in Utah can cost between $1170 - $1500. The cost may increase or decrease based on complexity and location.

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

Attorney Fees in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the most populated city in Utah with a population of 200,591. Bankruptcy attorneys in Salt Lake City can cost an estimated $1,500.

Attorney Fees in West Valley City

Bankruptcy attorneys in West Valley City can cost an estimated $1,200.

Attorney Fees in Provo

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

2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Utah

Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Utah can cost $3000 and $3500. 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 Utah. 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 Utah 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:

District of Utah

  • 351 S. West Temple
  • 206 West Tabernacle Street
  • t 920 US-40, Vernal, Utah
  • 125 E. Center St., Moab, UT 84532