Fee Issues in Bankruptcy Courts 

Detroit Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy Filings

 I, Walter Metzen, will provide, free of charge as part of your free initial Bankruptcy Analysis, a means test calculation to determine if you are eligible for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  Nearly 90% of the people who walk through my door are eligible to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Michigan and get a permanent discharge of their debt. With Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Michigan, we can develop and affordable repayment plan to fit every budget.
 

 Contact me, Michigan bankruptcy attorney Walter Metzen to learn more about how I can help you get a Fresh Financial Start!.

Fee Issues in Bankruptcy Courts 

Below is a discussion of those fees in bankruptcy courts that are impacted by the changes included in the Deficit Reduction Act. Fees that are not affected by the changes in the Act will remain at the current level. Chapter 7 Filing Fee Effective April 9, 2006, the total fee due at filing for a chapter 7 case will be $299; this amount includes the statutory filing fee of $245, the $39 administrative fee and the $15 case trustee fee. This fee will apply to all new cases filed on or after April 9, 2006. Chapter 13 Filing Fee Effective April 9, 2006, the total fee due at filing for a chapter 13 case will be $274; this amount includes the statutory filing fee of $235 and the $39 administrative fee. This fee will apply to all new cases filed on or after April 9, 2006. Chapter 11 Filing Fee The Chapter 11 filing fee will not change from its current amount of $1,000. It appears that Congress intended to increase chapter 11 filing fees from $1,000 to $2,750. However, there is a drafting error in the language of the Deficit Reduction Act which references the incorrect statutory subsection. Thus, the chapter 11 fee, at this time, is unaltered. We will keep you apprised of Congress’s actions to address this drafting error. Fee for Converting to a Chapter 11 The increases to the chapter 7 and chapter 13 fees mandated by the Deficit Reduction Act will impact the fee to convert a chapter 7 or chapter 13 case to a chapter 11 case, as prescribed by 28 U.S.C. 1930 (a). Therefore, as of April 9, 2006: C the fee for converting a chapter 7 case to a chapter 11 will be $755 - the difference between the filing fee for a chapter 11 ($1000) and the statutory fee for filing a chapter 7 case ($245), C The fee for converting a chapter 13 case to a chapter 11 case will be $765 (the difference between the statutory filing fee for a chapter 11 case ($1,000) and the statutory fee for filing a chapter 13 case ($235). Miscellaneous Fees The changes to the fees for appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts also impact certain fees in the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. Several of the miscellaneous fees are linked to statutory filing fees, and thus, would change when the statutory fee changes. However, the Judicial Conference, at its March 2006 session, approved a recommendation from the Court Administration and Case Management Committee, in connection with the Bankruptcy Committee, to stay all increases in miscellaneous fees until these committees have had an opportunity to review the increases at their June meetings. -2- Following is a list of fees that are linked to the filing fees increased by the Deficit Reduction Act: Item 6: The adversary filing fee is linked to the district court civil action filing fee. On April 9, the civil action filing fee will increase to $350. However, the fee for filing an adversary proceeding in a bankruptcy case will remain $250. Item 11: The fee for reopening a case is the same as the statutory filing fee for the chapter under which the case was originally commenced. After April 9, 2006 , the fee for reopening a case will remain the same as the amount of the statutory filing fee for the appropriate chapter prior to April 9. Therefore, even after April 9, • the fee charged for reopening a chapter 7 case will remain $220; • the fee for reopening a chapter 11 case will remain $1,000; and • the fee for reopening a chapter 13 case will remain $150. Item 15: The fee for docketing an appeal is linked to the fee for filing an appeal in the Court of Appeals. Although the fee for filing an appeal in the Court of Appeals is increasing to $450, the fee for docketing an appeal in the bankruptcy courts will remain $250. In addition, Item 21, the fee for docketing a cross appeal, is also linked to the fee for filing an appeal in the Court of Appeals, and will likewise remain $250. . Item 19: The fee for splitting a joint case is linked to the current filing fee for the chapter under which the case was originally commenced. However, due to the Judicial Conference action, the fee for splitting a case will not change. Therefore, even after April 9, 2006, the fee for splitting cases will remain as follows: • the fee charged for splitting a chapter 7 case will remain $220, • the fee for splitting a chapter 11 case will remain $1,000, and • the fee for splitting a chapter 13 case will remain $150. Item 16: The fee for filing a chapter 15 proceeding is linked to the fee for filing a chapter 11. In the event that Congress acts to correct the drafting error discussed above, the fee for filing a Chapter 11 case will increase. However, due to the Judicial Conference action, the total fee for collected at the time of filing a chapter 15 will remain $1,039, which includes the $1,000 statutory fee for filing a chapter 11 case, and the $39 administrative fee. 1Issued in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1930(b). eff. 10/17/2005 Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee ScheduleFollowing are fees to be charged for services provided by the bankruptcy courts. No fees are to be charged for services rendered on behalf of the United States, with the exception of those specifically prescribed in items 1, 3, and 5, or to bankruptcy administrators appointed under Public Law No. 99-554, 302(d)(3)(I). No fees under this schedule shall be charged to federal agencies or programs which are funded from judiciary appropriations, including, but not limited to, agencies, organizations, and individuals providing services authorized by the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A. (1) For reproducing any record or paper, $.50 per page. This fee shall apply to paper copies made from either: (1) original documents; or (2) microfiche or microfilm reproductions of the original records. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the record or paper requested is available through electronic access. (2) For certification of any document or paper, whether the certification is made directly on the document or by separate instrument, $9. For exemplification of any document or paper, twice the amount of the charge for certification. (3) For reproduction of recordings of proceedings, regardless of the medium, $26, including the cost of materials. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States, if the reproduction of the recording is available electronically. (4) For amendments to a debtor's schedules of creditors, lists of creditors, matrix, or mailing lists, $26 for each amendment, provided the bankruptcy judge may, for good cause, waive the charge in any case. No fee is required when the nature of the amendment is to change the address of a creditor or an attorney for a creditor listed on the schedules or to add the name and address of an attorney for a listed creditor. (5) For every search of the records of the bankruptcy court conducted by the clerk of the bankruptcy court or a deputy clerk, $26 per name or item searched. This fee shall apply to services rendered on behalf of the United States if the information requested is available through electronic access. (6) For filing a complaint, a fee shall be collected in the same amount as the filing fee prescribed in 28 U.S.C. 1914(a) for instituting any civil action other than a writ of habeas corpus. If the United States, other than a United States trustee acting as a trustee in a case under title 11, or a debtor is the plaintiff, no fee is required. If a trustee or debtor in possession is the plaintiff, the fee should be payable only from the estate and to the extent there is any estate realized. If a child support creditor or its representative is the plaintiff, and if such plaintiff files the form required by  304(g) of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, no fee is required. (7) For filing or indexing any document not in a case or proceeding for which a filing fee has been paid, $39. (8) In all cases filed under title 11, the clerk shall collect from the debtor or the petitioner a miscellaneous administrative fee of $39. This fee may be paid in installments in the same manner that the filing fee may be paid in installments, consistent with the procedure set forth in Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1006. (9) Upon the filing of a petition under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, the petitioner shall pay $15 to the clerk of the court for payment to trustees serving in cases as provided in 11 U.S.C. 330(b)(2). An application to pay the fee in installments may be filed in the manner set forth in Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1006(b). (10) Upon the filing of a motion to convert a case to chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, the movant shall pay $15 to the clerk of court for payment to trustees serving in cases as provided in 11 U.S.C. 330(b)(2). Upon the filing of a notice of conversion pursuant to section 1208(a) or section 1307(a) of the Code, $15 shall be paid to the clerk of the court for payment to trustees serving in cases as provided in 11 U.S.C. 330(b)(2). If the trustee serving in the case before the conversion is the movant, the fee shall be payable only from the estate that exists prior to conversion. (11) For filing a motion to reopen a Bankruptcy Code case, a fee shall be collected in the same amount as the filing fee prescribed by 28 U.S.C. 1930(a) for commencing a new case on the date of reopening, unless the reopening is to correct an administrative error or for actions related to the debtor's discharge. The court may waive this fee under appropriate circumstances or may defer payment of the fee from trustees pending discovery of additional assets. If payment is deferred, the fee shall be waived if no additional assets are discovered. (12) For each microfiche sheet of film or microfilm jacket copy of any court record, where available, $5. (13) For retrieval of a record from a Federal Records Center, National Archives, or other storage location removed from the place of business of the court, $45. (14) For a check paid into the court which is returned for lack of funds, $45. (15) For docketing a proceeding on appeal or review from a final judgment of a bankruptcy judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 158(a) and (b), the fee shall be the same amount as the fee for docketing a case on appeal or review to the appellate court as required by Item 1 of the Courts of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. A separate fee shall be paid by each party filing a notice of appeal in the bankruptcy court, but parties filing a joint notice of appeal in the bankruptcy court are required to pay only one fee. If a trustee or debtor in possession is the appellant, the fee should be payable only from the estate and to the extent there is any estate realized. (16) For filing a Chapter 15 proceeding, the fee shall be the same amount as the fee for a case commenced under chapter 11 of title 11 as required by 28 U.S.C.  1930(a)(3). (17) The court may charge and collect fees commensurate with the cost of providing copies of the local rules of court. The court may also distribute copies of the local rules without charge. (18) The clerk shall assess a charge for the handling of registry funds deposited with the court, to be assessed from interest earnings and in accordance with the detailed fee schedule issued by the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. (19) When a joint case filed under 302 of title 11 is divided into two separate cases at the request of the debtor(s), a fee shall be charged equal to the current filing fee for the chapter under which the joint case was commenced. (20) For filing a motion to terminate, annul, modify, or condition the automatic stay provided under 362(a) of title 11, a motion to compel abandonment of property of the estate pursuant to Rule 6007(b) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, or a motion to withdraw the reference of a case or proceeding under 28 U.S.C. 157(d), $150. No fee is required for a motion for relief from the codebtor stay or for a stipulation for court approval of an agreement for relief from a stay. If a child support creditor or its representative is the movant, and if such movant files the form required by 304(g) of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, no fee is required. (21) For docketing a cross appeal from a bankruptcy court determination, the fee shall be the same amount as the fee for docketing a case on appeal or review to the appellate court as required by Item 1 of the Courts of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. If a trustee or debtor in possession is the appellant, the fee should be payable only from the estate and to the extent there is any estate realized.  

Contact me, Detroit bankruptcy lawyer Walter Metzen today to schedule your free initial consultation. I also offer clients flexible appointment times and same day appointments if necessary. Get in touch with me today to learn how filing bankruptcy may be beneficial for you and your family. Why should you hire a Board Certified Bankruptcy Specialist? Click Here. My office has handled over 10,000 bankruptcy cases in Michigan and will apply this experience to your case as well. My office prides itself on fast, detailed, personal service. There are many different aspects to a bankruptcy case. Some of the different aspects are listed on the links below for you to explore. If you have any questions while exploring this site or would like a free personal bankruptcy consultation, contact my office at (313) 962-4656 or toll free 888-777-FILE.

 Contact me, bankruptcy attorney Walter Metzen to learn more about how I can help you get a Fresh Financial Start!.

 Be sure to Obtain a copy of your Credit Report after your Michigan Bankruptcy Filing and check it for Mistakes.

Contact me, bankruptcy attorney Walter Metzen to learn more about how the new Chapter 7 bankruptcy law may affect your case. I offer a free initial consultation so we can discuss your case personally.

We are a Debt Relief Agency helping people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. Let us help you decide if bankruptcy is right for you.

Bankruptcy attorney Walter Metzen represents clients throughout Southeast Michigan, including the communities of Detroit, Southfield, Warren, Roseville, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Belleville, Canton, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Holland, Howell, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Macomb, Northville, Plymouth, Port Huron, Redford, Rochester, Saginaw, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Trenton, Troy, Westland, Wyandotte, Ypsilanti, Mount Clemens, Howell, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, and all of the surrounding areas.

 


 

Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyer Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyers Walter Metzen Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyer Detroit Bankruptcy Attorney Detroit Bankruptcy Attorneys Filing Bankruptcy in Michigan Lawyer Filing Bankruptcy in Michigan Declare Bankruptcy Detroit Fresh Start Bankruptcy Detroit Southfield Michigan Bankruptcy lawyers Declaring Bankruptcy in Michigan Michigan Credit Counseling Lawyer Board Certified Bankruptcy Lawyers Warren Bankruptcy Lawyer Walter Metzen Bankruptcy Lawyer Attorney for Bankruptcy in Wayne County Bankruptcy Lawyer Oakland County Detroit Chapter 7 Lawyer  Southfield Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer Michigan Bankruptcy Specialist Macomb County Bankruptcy Lawyer Fresh Start Bankruptcy Lawyers of Michigan Birmingham Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyers Michigan Bankruptcy Helpline Oakland County Michigan Bankruptcy Specialists Michigan Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyers Michigan Fresh Start Bankruptcy Law Office Wayne County Debt Relief Agency Michigan Credit and Debt Counseling Lawyers Detroit Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Board Certified Specialist Walter Metzen Detroit Bankruptcy Attorneys Helping People File Bankruptcy Detroit Credit Counseling and Bankruptcy Services Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney in Michigan Detroit Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney Detroit Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyer Filing a Personal Bankruptcy How to declare personal bankruptcy in michigan How to File Bankruptcy in Detroit Declaring Bankruptcy in Macomb County Michigan Detroit Bankruptcy Court Directory Best Bankruptcy Lawyer in Detroit Michigan Attorney Walter Metzen Online Help Filing Bankruptcy In Detroit Michigan Michigan Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyers Board Certified Specialist Detroit Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyers Stop Foreclosure Repayment Plan Chapter 7 Lawyers In Detroit Wayne County Michigan Detroit Credit Counseling Information Detroit Credit Counseling Debt Settlement and Bankruptcy Lawyers serving Metro Detroit Metroit Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyers Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Walter Metzen Board Certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute Detroit Debt Relief Agency Helping People File Bankruptcy in Michigan The Law Office of Walter Metzen Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyers Fresh Start Bankruptcy Law Office Metro Detroit Michigan Bankruptcy Law Firm Serving all of Metropolitan Detroit Walter Metzen Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist Certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute Wayne County Bankruptcy Attorneys Southfield Bankruptcy Attorneys Consumer Bankruptcy Specialists Oakland County Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer Certified Specialist File Personal Bankruptcy in Michigan Filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Michigan Declaring Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Michigan Legal Help Filing Bankruptcy in Michigan Stopping Foreclosure in Michigan Help Filing Michigan Bankruptcy Walter Metzen Bankruptcy Lawyer Michigan Bankruptcy Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyers Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys Helping Consumers get a FRESH START Macomb County Credit Card Lawyers Bankruptcy and Debt Settlement Michigan Bankruptcy Credit Counseling and Debt Negotiation Attorneys Royal Oak Bankruptcy Lawyers Wyandotte Michigan Bankruptcy Lawyers Fresh Start Bankruptcy Lawyers of Michigan. How to Declare Bankruptcy in Michigan Michigan Bankruptcy and Credit Counseling Lawyers Michigan Credit Card Relief Lawyers Fresh Start Bankruptcy Lawyers of Detroit Michigan Credit and Debt Counseling Bankruptcy Lawyers of Michigan Lawyers Detroit Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Lawyers of Michigan Walter Metzen Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist 888-4WALTER Michigan Bankruptcy Centers Michigan Bankruptcy Counselors Michigan Bankruptcy Court Directory Fresh Start Michigan Bankruptcy Law Offices Michigan Bankruptcy Law Center Michigan Bankruptcy Laws Filing Bankruptcy in Michigan Michigan Bankruptcy Attorney Walter Metzen Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Laws Board Certified by the American Bankruptcy Institute Michigan Bankruptcy Online Michigan Bankruptcy Services. Michigan Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Attorneys Metro Detroit Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer Michigan Credit Counseling Credit Counselors of Michigan Michigan Debt Assistance Michigan Debt Relief Agency Fresh Start Bankruptcy Law Center Motor City Bankruptcy Laws Stop Wage Garnishment in Michigan Detroit Bankruptcy Lawyer Walter Metzen Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Walter Metzen Michigan Fresh Start Lawyers Downriver Bankruptcy Lawyer Michigan Fresh Start Bankruptcy Offices of Detroit Bankruptcy Attorneys Detroit Filing Personal Bankruptcy in Michigan Filing Personal Bankruptcy in Michigan Fresh Start Bankruptcy Lawyers Fresh Start Bankruptcy Law Office of Detroit

 

 Content Footer