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Understand the Cost to File Bankruptcy in Virginia

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 Virginia 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 Virginia Beach or Norfolk. 

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 Virginia

Bankruptcy attorneys in Virginia 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 Virginia.

Attorney Fees in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virginia with a population of 450,189. Bankruptcy attorneys in Virginia Beach can cost an estimated $1,500.

Attorney Fees in Norfolk

Bankruptcy attorneys in Norfolk can cost an estimated $1,350.

Attorney Fees in Chesapeake

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

2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorney Fees Virginia

Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys in Virginia can cost $4000 and $5100. 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 Virginia. 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 Virginia 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

  • Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
    401 Courthouse Square
    Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Walter E. Hoffman
    United States Courthouse
    600 Granby Street
    Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Spottswood W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse
    701 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA 23219
  • United States Courthouse
    2400 West Avenue
    Newport News, VA 23607


  • 180 W. Main Street
    Room 104
    Abingdon, VA 24210
  • 312 Cummings Street
    Suite D
    Abingdon, VA 24210