Is there any way to file for bankruptcy that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars?

Asked on January 9, 2013 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First of all, you can file yourself if you cannot afford an attorney. Here is a link to a site that will provide bankruptcy basics as well as all of the forms that you will need to file: http://www.uscourts.gov/bankruptcycourts.html.

Additionally, if after reviewing everything you feel that you will need help, check to see if you qualify for Legal Aid or see if it can recommend someone to help you. Also, check if there is a law school nearby to where you live; they typically run free/low cost clinics that handle these cases. Further, you can contact the local Bar Association in your county; it may have a list of attorneys who will take your case "pro bono" (for free) or at least for a reduced fee based on your income/circumstances.

Fianlly, in order to file for bankruptcy, you must pay a filing fee but in certain cases, the fee can be waived. You will need to complete an application with the court. The bankruptcy judge will then decide whether the fee will be waived. However, they cannot waive your filing fee if your income is greater than 150% of the federal poverty line.


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