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.
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.
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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.
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 all your options in light of your particular circumstances.