Chapter 7 Fees & Costs

Attorney Donald Wyatt PC offers fixed fee programs for Consumer Bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of Texas.

In order to qualify for these fixed fee programs a case must fall within the general definition of a “Consumer” Bankruptcy case.

Generally this means that the case must involve:

A single or joint filing involving one family where the debtors are employed, if at all, by unrelated non-insider 3rd parties.

A filing that will qualify for treatment under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

A filing involving no litigation of any sort other than existing collection cases against the Debtor(s) for consumer debts, that is debts incurred for personal, family or household reasons.

The Law Firm reserves the right to refuse to handle any case under this program before engagement.

Under this fee program, the law firm will represent the debtor(s) according to the standard published terms of engagement as set forth by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas at the following rates:

Proceeding Fixed Fee
Chapter 7 $2,500.00 not including the Court Filing Fee of $335.00 or costs listed below.
Small Business Chapter 7 $7,500.00 not including the Court Filing Fee of $335.00 or costs listed below.

NOTE WELL:  The Law requires all Consumer Debtors (with few exceptions) to undergo “Means Testing.”  If the Debtor(s) makes more than the median income for their community, they will then have to calculate a minimum commitment period and minimum contribution level for a Chapter 13 reorganization plan.  Unless the minimum contribution is very small or negative, the Debtor will have to file as a Chapter 13 case instead of a Chapter 7 case.  The majority of consumer bankruptcies in our immediate area are likely to be Chapter 13 filings.

These Fixed Fees include all Attorney and paralegal services usually incident to the Chapter selected. Certain extraordinary proceedings not usually or consistently encountered in consumer cases may be required in your case. No additional fee will be charged unless and until the need for the fee arises, the need is discussed with the client and the client consents.

  • Costs (services provided by third parties):
    • Court Mandated Pre-filing Credit Counseling Fee = $20.00 (single or couple)
    • Court Mandated Financial Management Course Fee = $20.00 (single or couple done on-line) or by phone $25.00
    • Tax Transcripts = $19.00 individual
    • BK – Packet Service = $5.50
    • Credit Report = $42.00 (single) or $84.00 (joint)

The law firm is no longer accepting Consumer Bankruptcy cases except those referred to the firm from another Bankruptcy Attorney. All Consumer Bankruptcy cases accepted by the firm are on an hourly basis and require a deposit of substantial retainer and/or third party guarantee. There will be a $200.00 fee for an initial conference which is payable at the time of booking the appointment.