Rules & Procedures
Santa Rosa Division
United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Northern District of California
Santa Rosa/Eureka Division
GUIDELINES FOR PAYMENT
OF ATTORNEYS' FEES IN CHAPTER l3 CASES
In this division, the court does not enforce any maximum or minimum fee structure, nor does it limit the size of counsel's prepetition retainer. Unusually large fees will trigger scrutiny by the court as well as the trustee. No payments should be taken from the debtor after the case is filed (except through the trustee) without order of the court obtained after noticed hearing.
The court agrees with the rights and responsibilities enforced by other divisions. The court further expects that debtors with counsel of record will NEVER appear in court without representation. However, while the court expects compliance with the rights and responsibilities it does not require the filing of a formal statement.