If you are like me, you probably wonder how you can afford the cost of bankruptcy in Massachusetts 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 Boston or Worcester.
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 Massachusetts can cost between $1150 - $2500. The cost may increase or decrease based on complexity and location.
Here are some of the ranges of cost in major cities in Massachusetts.
Boston is the most populated city in Massachusetts with a population of 699,927. Bankruptcy attorneys in Boston can cost an estimated $2,200.
Bankruptcy attorneys in Worcester can cost an estimated $1,200.
Bankruptcy attorneys in Springfield can cost an estimated $1,200.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Massachusetts can cost $4,000. 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 Massachusetts. 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).
When you file bankruptcy, you have to take an approved credit counseling course in Massachusetts and a debtor education course. You can often take both courses online. The average cost may is around $10 to $50 per 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: