Bankruptcy Court Costs Increase

30 Sep Bankruptcy Court Costs Increase


Miscellaneous fees in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts increase again on November 1, 2011. The filing fee to initiate a bankruptcy case is not technically changing, but the “administrative” fee is going up $7 so the total fees that must be paid to file a new bankruptcy case go up by $7.

The new total fees to start a new bankruptcy case starting November 1, 2011, are

  • chapter 7 $306
  • chapter 13 $281
  • chapter 11 $1046

Debtors will have to pay $30 to amend schedule d, e, f, g, or h, up from $26. Creditors will have to pay $176 to file a motion to lift the automatic stay, up from $150.

Other fee increases:

  • Certification $11 from $9
  • Exemplication $21 from $18
  • Record Search $30 from $26
  • Document Filing / Indexing $46 from $39
  • Title 11 Administrative Fee $46 from $39
  • Record Retrieval $53 from $45
  • Returned Check $53 from $45
  • Notice of Appeal $293 from $250

Statutory authority for the bankruptcy court fees is 28 U.S.C. 1930.


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Jill Michaux has helped Kansas consumers with debt problems for three decades. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only bankruptcy specialists, board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She help start the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
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