How much will it cost to file bankruptcy in Georgia with a lawyer?
Bankruptcy fees are set by the federal laws and court system, so it costs the same to file for bankruptcy in every state, including Georgia. If you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the fee is $335. To file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the fee is $310. The filing fee is the same whether or not you use a lawyer (of course, if you hire a lawyer, you'll have to pay attorney fees as well).
If you can't afford to pay the whole fee at once, you can ask the court for permission to pay in up to four installments. If you file for Chapter 7, you can also ask the court to waive the fee altogether (this option isn't available in Chapter 13).
Attorney fees can vary according to where you live and the complexity of your case. For a relatively straightforward Chapter 7 case, an attorney might charge you a flat fee. For Chapter 13 cases or Chapter 7 cases that have some complications, an attorney might charge by the hour. Either way, find out up front how fees will be assessed and how much you will have to pay, so there are no surprises down the road.
Updated by: Kathleen Michon, J.D.