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Bankruptcy exemptions: An overview

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Bankruptcy exemptions will tell how much of your assets you will get to keep. It will also help keep your payments low.


Just because you filed for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean you will lose all of your assets.

Bankruptcy exemptions will help you keep some of your assets safe despite the bankruptcy.


Bankruptcy exemptions can protect specific kinds of properties.

Some of these properties include motor vehicles and even your wedding ring.

There are instances where you can get to keep the whole value of your asset, while there are times when only a certain amount of your asset will protect.

You can opt to go for the “wildcard exemptions,” which you can use for any of your properties.

If you get to exempt your asset, that property won’t take during your bankruptcy.

How it Works

Bankruptcy exemption depends if you will file the Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13.

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Chapter 7 is where an appointed trustee will sell your assets so that you can pay your debts to your creditors, which is why it is called liquidation bankruptcy. If you were able to exempt any of your assets, then the trustee can’t sell it.

Meanwhile, for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, you can keep your assets so that you can reorganize all your debts. But the amount you will pay your creditors depends on how much of your properties you were able to exempt.

The value of the possessions you weren’t able to exempt must be paid to the non-profit unsecured creditors like credit card issuers when you file for bankruptcy.

In this type of bankruptcy, your payments will be low because the amount will reduce based on the value you have exempted for your assets.

Other factors

Other major factors that will determine your bankruptcy exemptions are the state and federal bankruptcy exemptions and the federal non-bankruptcy exemptions.

To know if you can avail of bankruptcy exemptions, you should consult or hire an attorney.

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