Why the Gap Between Judges & Attorneys Over Fees?

By Cathy Moran, Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist, Mountain View, CA

Very few bankruptcy judges ever represented average individuals in bankruptcy before they became judges. Fewer still were sole practitioners who must rely on the fees they earn and collect to stay in business.

Those two factors seem to create the chasm between bench and bar over attorneys’ fees in consumer bankruptcy cases.

This article stems from the experiences of a colleague who sought approval for fees toward the end of a Chapter 13 case. That fee application resulted in a It looks like you are not signed in or registered! This content is only available to members.

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