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What will happen to the remaining balance I owe on an attorney fees award if I declare bankruptcy?

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Does the balance owed on such an award get wiped out like other debt?

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I think it will depend on the basis for the fee award. If it came along with a judgment for fraud, willful and malicious injury and/or some other type of claim that may not be subject to discharge, then the fee award may stick also. If you don't have those kinds of issues then it should get discharged.

If there is a lien securing the fee award then the lien may stay on the property.

You should consult with a bankruptcy attorney about the specifics.

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Just to add. If it is part of a family law case, then it falls into an exception.

This is not a comprehensive answer and it is impossible to provide a meaningful response without a consultation.


As the other attorneys have pointed out it really depends on the basis for the attorneys fees. For example, there is case law saying that attorneys fees ordered to be paid while litigating spousal support take on the character of spousal support. If it is just for a credit card lawsuit, then it should be discharged absent fraud or deception. More information is needed to respond to your question.

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Christopher Daniel Leroi

Christopher Daniel Leroi


Sage advice by my esteemed colleague, Ms. Larkin.