Chapter 13 bankruptcy

Asked over 1 year ago - Virginia Beach, VA

Can i file for chapter 13 bankruptcy then pay an attorney afterwards for the rest of the process.

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  1. Scott Benjamin Riddle


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You need to meet with lawyers in your area to discuss the terms of the fee. If you are asking whether you can file without a lawyer, and then hire one later, that is a bad idea. The lawyer will then have to fix the things that were done incorrectly.

  2. Alan D. Walton


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . You should have an attorney before you file. Usually the filing fees need to be paid before filing, as well as part of the attorney fee. We often will put the balance of our fees in the chapter 13 payment plan, depending on your circumstances.

  3. James Hill Wilson Jr.


    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . Fees are negotiable. Most chapter 13 plans include a balance of attorney's fees to be paid through the plan. In fact, the form plan approved for use in the Eastern District of Virginia is set up for this type of payment. If you intend to hire an attorney to represent you in chapter 13 bankruptcy, there is really no reason not to use the attorney at the outset to help you prepare the case for filing.

    The chapter 13 trustees in this district are attorneys. All the institutional creditors are represented by attorneys. While you have the right to represent yourself or use a bankruptcy petition preparer, you will be at a distinct disadvantage in chapter 13 without an attorney on your side.

    Most bankruptcy attorneys offer free consultations. You should consult with an attorney in your area to discuss your options in bankruptcy.

    The foregoing is intended to be general legal information. You should consult with a Virginia attorney to discuss... more
  4. Marc Gregory Wagman

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . Payments to the court will pay attorneys fees in a Chapter 13. Attorneys vary on the amount they want to file a Chapter 13 based upon your circumstances. Most will offer a free initial consultation.

    The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The... more

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