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    March
    17
    1999

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court considers increase in attorney's fees

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    In December 1992, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin set $1,000 as a "reasonable fee" for attorneys representing debtors in Chapter 13 cases. The court now is considering a general order increasing the fee to $1,250.

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court considers increase in attorney's fees

    Mar. 17, 1999

    In December 1992, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin set $1,000 as a "reasonable fee" for attorneys representing debtors in Chapter 13 cases. The court now is considering a general order increasing the fee to $1,250. Attorneys who charge $1,250 or less for all Chapter 13 services, excluding out-of-pocket costs, would not be required to itemize the fees or file a fee application.

    In addition, the court is considering establishing procedures regarding attorney fees for compensation above the $1,250 limit. If an attorney requests up to $250 more than the $1,250, he or she must serve and file a fee application and proposed order. If there is no objection within 15 days of filing the application, the court approves the payment. If there is an objection, the court holds a hearing. A hearing is held for all requests for compensation above the additional $250.

    The court is interested in all comments, favorable or unfavorable, regarding the proposed general order. Send written comments to Chief Bankruptcy Judge James E. Shapiro at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Courthouse, Room 126, 517 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202, no later than April 12.

    A public hearing on the proposed general order will be held at the U.S. Courthouse in Milwaukee on April 29 at 2 p.m. To testify at the public hearing regarding the proposed general order, contact Tina Fies of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at (414) 297-1583 by April 26.