What Happens When a Person Cannot Afford to Pay for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing
Chapter 13 vs. Chapter 7In Chapter 13 filings by Bankruptcy attorneys, fees can be included in a debt repayment program set up to last for up to five years. In contrast, Chapter 7 is designed to wipe out qualifying debts, and that would include attorney fees. Obviously, a lawyer will not do this work if the payment would be discharged in the very bankruptcy petition he or she set up.
In some instances, courts will allow the petitioner to pay filing fees in installments. Although that does not address the lawyer's fee, it can help ease the immediate burden.