Bankruptcy Pre-Filing timeline

Timeline & Pre-Filing Steps

1st     Decide to file Bankruptcy

2nd     Contact an attorney and set up a meeting to discuss Chapter 7 vs.
            Chapter 13 filing.

3rd     Client makes the decision to file bankruptcy

4th     Fees agreement is signed

5th     Fee and costs are paid

6th     Client completes online questionnaire

7th     Attorney reviews questionnaire and requests client make changes

8th     Client makes changes

9th     Attorney reviews any changes made

10th   If no further revisions, attorney drafts petition and schedules

11th   Client provides documentation for trustee
12th    Client completes first counseling session
            ***This must be completed before filing at www.springboard.org***

13th    Client signs documents

14th    Attorney files bankruptcy petition

Bankruptcy Fees

Chapter 7:

$ 299.00    Filing Fee

$ 2500.00  Attorney's Fee:  Must be paid in full before petition can be filed

Chapter 13:

$ 274.00    Filing Fee: Can be paid in 4 installments, with permission of court

$ 3000.00  Attorney's Fee: Must be paid in full before petition can be filed

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For more information about bankruptcy, please see the other pages in this section:

  1. Basics of Bankruptcy
  2. Getting Started
  3. Pre-Filing Timeline (you are on this page)
  4. Post-Filing Timeline
  5. Paperwork
  6. Chap. 7 or 13?
  7. More Information


How to Contact Bruce A. Wilson, APLC

I make an effort to accommodate urgent matters, and new clients are always welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact me either by:

Telephone: (619) 497-0627


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