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How Much Does Bankruptcy Cost?

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There are firms who are quoting outdated pricing online.  Be sure to get verbal quotes during your first meeting with a bankruptcy attorney.

Bankruptcy lawyers in Wisconsin will expect a small retainer fee, then fees from that point will be charged either by the hour or as a flat rate per case.  Often times, the attorneys who have flat fees will charge that for the bulk of the case, then charge hourly for additional required work.

Choose your attorney based upon the combination of cost, bankruptcy specific experience, comfort-level, client reviews, convenience, etc.

Cost of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is pretty cut and dry.  Courts within judicial districts have set guidelines for what Bankruptcy Attorneys can charge.  (This means that bankruptcy law firms in our area will have similar charges.)  Those charges, otherwise called attorney fees, are built into the Chapter 13 debt consolidation plan.  Before filing bankruptcy, you should only be responsible to pay for court costs and small portion of the attorney fees.  Pre-filing cost out of pocket should be less than $500.  However, we always recommend asking for the exact amount while talking to your attorney in person.

Get your Free No-Obligation Consultation

If you’re considering filing bankruptcy, we expect that you’ll have many questions.  The simplest and cheapest way to receive solid legal advice is to ask for your one-time, no obligation, and free consultation with a Debt Advisors attorney.  During your consultation, we’ll gather general idea of your financial situation, and answer your questions about bankruptcy, including questions about what bankruptcy will cost.

If during this consultation you chose to hire a Debt Advisors bankruptcy attorney, the retainer fee can cost as little as $100.

Cost of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

If you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer to file chapter 7 bankruptcy charges can vary much more than filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  The differences in fees may depend upon the complexity and specific details of your case.  Some larger firms may charge more to cover advertising, overhead, and experience level.  In general, attorney fees for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy will range from $900 to $2,500.  It is during your free consultation that more accurate costs can be determined.

When Do I Have to Pay for Bankruptcy?

If you are over your head in debt, bankruptcy is likely going to be far more affordable than to remain in your current situation.

Your initial consultation with a Debt Advisors bankruptcy lawyer is 100% FREE.  If you decide to hire Debt Advisors to represent you, some small fees may be expected prior to filing.  These filing fees, if any, will clearly be relayed to you during your consultation.  We have payment plans and we will do everything we can to help you and your family.

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I Can’t Pay My Mortgage; What Now?

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Defaulting on Mortgage Home Loan

When a mortgage loan is established, it basically means that the buyer agrees to pay back the lender within a determined time and for a specific cost.  When payment is not made, the lender has procedures to handle the situation.  Most mortgage lenders have some sort of “grace period.”   Even if you’re payment is late, if it arrives within the grace period, you may avoid a late fee.  However, if you have not attempted to contact the lender to negotiate payment and the grace period has expired, the lender will assume that your mortgage is “in default.”  They will make attempts to contact you, and to collect.  If these attempts are unsuccessful, the lender will begin the foreclosure process.

A mortgage loan is considered a “secured debt,” meaning that the lender can ultimately take back your property if the loan goes into default.  File for Chapter 13 bankruptcy to save your home.

Home Foreclosure Facts

  • A foreclosure is started when a summons and complaint is filed by request of your lender.
  • Charges to your account continue, even after it has been deemed as “in-default.” Your mortgage company may charge for property inspections, property preservation services, legal fees, postage, etc.
  • The longer the mortgage is in default, the more difficult and expensive it becomes to bring the account current.
  • The bank may serve an eviction noticecannot take possession of your home until Foreclosure is complete.
  • You have a limited number of days to dispute information you have been served.
  • Contact a bankruptcy lawyer as soon as possible to discuss how to stop the foreclosure from proceeding, and save your home.
  • If you want to take advantage of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it must be done before the mortgage company sells your home.
  • All foreclosures must through a court.
  • There is a redemption period is the minimum amount of time you have in the home before the house is sold by auction.
  • If your property forecloses, it is public record.
  • Foreclosure will have a negative impact on credit score making it difficult to get loans in future.

Visit the Foreclosure Resource Center for answers to more of your questions.

The longer you wait to do something, the fewer options you may have.  Don’t fall victim to mortgage relief scams or home rescue scams.  Talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney today.  The consultation is free.

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What to Expect from Your Free Bankruptcy Consultation

free bankrutpcy consultationIf you don’t feel comfortable talking to family or friends about your debt problem, you’re not alone. Many people who are considering bankruptcy have already tried to fix the problem on their own. The feeling of failure is as overwhelming as the debt itself.

At Debt Advisors, the attorneys don’t want you to feel like a failure. Desperate financial times are often a result of events which were unavoidable from the beginning. The attorneys understand your situation and ARE the people you can talk to without judgement during  your free consultation.  Given that understanding, feel proud that you have recognized the seriousness of the situation and reached out to find someone who CAN help. So, now that you have found Debt Advisors, you may wonder what to expect in your free initial consultation with an attorney. Have your questions ready.

Here are a few items that are commonly discussed during the free bankruptcy consultation:

Is bankruptcy right for me? There are many factors to consider. The attorney will be able to gather a decent amount of information about the details of your financial situation. You should receive solid guidance about potential choices, such as chapter 7 or chapter 13….pros vs cons, and what steps should be taken next. This call should provide you with lots of good advice.

Do I qualify for bankruptcy? After your initial consultation, and if you are interested in moving forward, your attorney will ask you to provide more detailed financial information including the completion of a bankruptcy means test. The test will determine if you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Even if you think you make too much money your expenses may be high enough to qualify.

How much does bankruptcy cost? Debt Advisors Law Offices has represented thousands in Wisconsin fairly and responsibly. Online reviews are a good indicator regarding client satisfaction. During the free consultation, your attorney will explain fees and discuss easy payment options.

You’re likely to have lots of questions and the attorneys will as well. Be prepared for the call before you request it by gathering financial data and understanding basic bankruptcy terms.

Take a look at Debt Advisors online Google reviews and customer testimonials from real people…just like you. We hope that you find our website informative and your first call with us encouraging. Also note our professional licensing, time in business, social profiles, resources and six Wisconsin locations to serve you! Debt Advisors is a practice dedicated to bankruptcy and focused on providing each and every client with the fresh start that they deserve.