Listed below are questions clients ask us frequently. If you can't find the answer to a question you have or you would like to know more details, please feel free to contact us using the form.
Do both joint filers need to complete the counseling?
Joint filers only need to pay for one counseling session and one education course as long as both filers are present during the corresponding session or class.
Do I need an attorney to file for bankruptcy?
You are not required to use an attorney when filing for bankruptcy, however bankruptcy laws can be complicated. Working with a trusted attorney can help ensure a smooth process.
Does the bankruptcy counseling certificate expire?
Bankruptcy regulations require consumers to receive counseling within 180 days of filing. If you choose to file more than 180 days past the date of your initial bankruptcy counseling session, you will need to schedule another appointment to talk with a trained bankruptcy counselor.
How long is a bankruptcy counseling/education session?
Pre-filing bankruptcy counseling typically takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Pre-discharge education courses usually require a minimum of two hours to complete.
How much does bankruptcy counseling and education cost?
Each bankruptcy counseling and education session costs $50 to complete. The cost is the same if you are filing jointly or as an individual. MMI is able to waive fees for consumers whose household income is equal to or less than 150 percent of the estimated poverty threshold for their applicable family size as published in the current Federal Poverty Levels Guidelines.