Riverside Bankruptcy Court Chapter 13 Fee Update

The Central District of California bankruptcy court in Riverside has just updated the fees for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. These new fees will affect every bankruptcy filed on or after May 1, 2024, in Riverside or San Bernardino counties. Ongoing high interest rates and inflation affect the cost of business for bankruptcy law firms and companies in California. Updates from the Riverside Federal bankruptcy court are crucial to knowing how much Chapter 13 bankruptcy costs in Riverside, California.

Riverside Bankruptcy Court Updated Fees
Under the new fee structure, attorneys can now receive up to $8,500 for business-related cases, or up to $7,000 for all other cases, without the need for a detailed fee application. This streamlined process is possible if the required statement and the Rights and Responsibilities Agreement (RARA) are filed with the court and if no objections are raised to the requested fees. This update is designed to make the fee approval process more efficient and less burdensome for all parties involved. Attorneys can also get fees approved for additional services without detailed billing by filing a fee application.

Updated Maximum Riverside California Chapter 13 Services Fees
  • Extend/Impose Stay: $1,025
  • Shortened Notice Hearing: $500
  • Avoid Lien (Uncontested): $1,725
  • Avoid Lien (By Agreement): $2,050
  • Avoid Lien (Other): $1,025
  • Objection to Claim: $1,325
  • Oppose Trustee's Motion: $500
  • Modify Plan: $1,025
  • Refinance/Sell Property: $1,025
  • Incur Debt: $1,025
  • Loan Modification Discussion: $500
  • Avoid Lien (Adversary Proceeding): $2,775
  • Loan Modification Program: $3,375

Restrictions on Chapter 13 Fees
While these fees cover normal costs, it's crucial to note that they do not include court appearances or extraordinary costs, which require detailed applications. Some judges may only approve these preset fees for some services. Attorneys must check the specific judge's guidelines to ensure compliance and avoid potential issues. If attorneys need to request additional fees or choose not to follow these guidelines, they must file a detailed fee application. The court can review any attorney's fee agreement or payment to ensure fairness and transparency.

California Means Test Evaluation
Although these fees are not mandatory, most firms will take advantage of the higher rates they can charge to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Our firm specializes in ensuring our clients are provided with every legal tool to pass the California bankruptcy means test. If you are able to pass the means test, you will be eligible for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and all your unsecured Debt will be discharged. If you face financial difficulties, call us today for a free consultation and means test evaluation.
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