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Understand the Cost to File Bankruptcy in Minnesota

Written by Ben Tejes
Updated Dec 1st, 2021

If you are like me, you probably wonder how you can afford the cost of bankruptcy in Minnesota 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 Minneapolis or Saint Paul. 

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

  1. Bankruptcy Attorney Fees
  2. Bankruptcy Filing Costs

Estimate the Bankruptcy Attorney Fees in Your Zip Code

We received the question of how much a bankruptcy costs in Minnesota so often that we built a database of attorney fees. Use your zip code below to estimate the cost of bankruptcy in your city in Minnesota.

1. Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Minnesota

A Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is often less expensive than Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys in Minnesota can cost between $1170 - $1450. The cost may increase or decrease based on complexity and location.

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

Attorney Fees in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the most populated city in Minnesota with a population of 427,728. Bankruptcy attorneys in Minneapolis can cost an estimated $1,450.

Attorney Fees in Saint Paul

Bankruptcy attorneys in Saint Paul can cost an estimated $1,450.

Attorney Fees in Rochester

Bankruptcy attorneys in Rochester can cost an estimated $1,170.

2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Minnesota

Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Minnesota 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

3. Bankruptcy Filing Costs

Bankruptcy filing costs are pretty similar across the United States, not just Minnesota. 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota

  • Diana E. Murphy United States Courthouse
    300 South Fourth Street - Suite 202
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
    316 North Robert Street - Suite 100
    St. Paul, MN 55101
  • Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse
    515 West First Street - Suite 417
    Duluth, MN 55802-1397
  • Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building
    118 South Mill Street
    212 USPO Building
    Fergus Falls, MN 56537