UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GUIDELINES FOR PAYMENT OF ATTORNEYS' FEES IN CHAPTER 13 CASES
(Effective July 1, 2003)
The following are Guidelines for the circumstances under which the court will, as part of the chapter
13 plan confirmation process, approve fees of attorneys representing chapter 13 debtors.
An attorney may decline to seek approval of compensation pursuant to these Guidelines. If an
attorney so declines, his or her compensation shall be disclosed, reviewed, and approved in accordance
with applicable authority including, without limitation, 11 U.S.C. §§ 329 and 330, Fed.R.Bankr.P. 2002,
2016, and 2017.
Alternatively, attorneys may have their fees approved and paid as part of the chapter 13 plan
confirmation process if they comply with the following Guidelines.
1. Counsel may seek approval for fees in the order confirming the plan up to the amounts set forth
in Paragraph 2 without filing a detailed application if:
Counsel has filed an executed copy of the "Rights and Responsibilities of
Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys," attached hereto; and
No objection to the requested fees has been raised.
2. The maximum fee which can be approved through the procedure described in Paragraph 1 is:
$2,500 in nonbusiness cases, and $4,000 in business cases.
3. If counsel does not wish to obtain approval of fees in accordance with these Guidelines, or if an
executed copy of the "Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors and Their Attorneys" is not filed, or
if counsel requests fees in excess of the amounts in Paragraph 2, or if there is an objection, fees will not be
automatically approved upon plan confirmation pursuant to these Guidelines. In such cases, counsel must
deposit all advance payment of post-petition fees in trust, must apply for all fees, and shall comply with 11
U.S.C. §§ 329 and 330, and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2002, 2016, and 2017.
4. If counsel has filed an executed copy of the “Rights and Responsibilities of Chapter 13 Debtors
and Their Attorney