In Western Wash you can pay $100 and then rest AFTER you file. At our last 27th NW Bankruptcy INstitute the judges clerks in fact indicated NOT enough attorneys are trying to have that fee waived. Maybe it takes time and money to obtain it but you NEVER will have it waived if you don't try (the trustee assigned your case does not like it as they work for free then too).
Good luck. Enjoy your fresh start also. But the most important thing is to meet with an attorney as you asking this question means you have not. You care about 2 goals: keeping everything you have equity in and discharging all your debts. But other issues can arise that can greatly harm your case. Just one example: If you paid back a relative $3,000 11 months ago and now file bankruptcy next week, the trustee can SUE that relative to retrieve that $3,000 (under what is called a preference) for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. As a result, most attorneys don't charge to meet with them the first meeting so meet with one no matter what. Many great attorneys can be found right here on AVVO in your state so look, call, and meet one as soon as you can. You should also want to know when to file: is there an advantage of waiting versus filing now and who should you pay between now and then! Good luck and enjoy your later fresh start.
The filing fee for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is $335.00. You can apply to pay the filing fee in installments and in very limited situations it is possible for the fee to be waived by the Court. It is always a better idea to have an experienced bankruptcy attorney assist you in filing a consumer bankruptcy. Most attorneys offer free consultations.
The filing fee is $335 payable to the court in all districts. Depending on your income, you may qualify for a fee waiver or an installment plan to pay the fee.
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