What is the maximum allowable fee a bankruptcy petition preparer can charge in Maryland, and why is this info so top secret?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Baltimore, MD

I have researched this question for years and have yet to receive a definite answer. Does anyone truly know?

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  1. Deborah F Bowinski

    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . There may not be an answer. If that's the case you can research for four more years and still not find it.

  2. Helene Thaissa W. Bergman


    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . There probably is no definitive answer. Depends on District, judges, what kind of filing, how complicated. Like legal fees.

  3. Dorothy G Bunce


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Non attorney petition preparers fees are regulated by the office of the United States Trustee. I have never heard anyone claim that there is a secret as to the amount. Each local office can establish the amount a petition preparer can charge.

    As to attorney fees, in Chapter 7 the amount is limited to a dollar amount. Hope this perspective helps!

  4. Robert Franklin Dean

    Contributor Level 9

    Answered . The maximum amount is $100, according to the Office of the U.S. Trustee in Baltimore.

    This is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Discepolo LLP is a Maryland law firm with... more
  5. Evan A Nielsen

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . Don't believe there's a maximum - fees must be reasonable considering the scope of the representation, skill, training and eduction of the attorney and the nature of the matter. It's like asking what the maximum price of a house in MD can be - depends on the house and the market.

    Good luck.

    Evan A. Nielsen is licensed to practice law in California. The information provided here is for educational... more

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