Items that the debtor usually must forfeit include:
- Expensive musical instruments, unless the debtor is a professional musician
- Collections of stamps, coins and other valuable items
- Valuable family heirlooms
- Cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds and other investments
- A second car or truck
- A second home or vacation home
A debtor must file a schedule of exempt property with the court. Exempt property is property that the debtor can protect from liquidation. The Bankruptcy Code allows each state to adopt its own exemption laws, which the debtor can select instead of the federal exemptions. It is important to consult with an attorney who can explain the exemptions available under your state’s laws and how they compare to the available federal exemptions.
Exempt property typically includes:
- Motor vehicles, up to a certain value
- Reasonably necessary clothing
- Reasonably necessary household goods and furnishings
- Household appliances
- Jewelry, up to a certain value
- A portion of the equity in the debtor’s home
- Tools of the debtor’s trade or profession, up to a certain value
- A portion of unpaid but earned wages
- Public benefits — including public assistance (welfare), social security and unemployment compensation — accumulated in a bank account
- Damages awarded for personal injury
Speak With A Bankruptcy Lawyer
If you have questions about what property you will be allowed to retain if you file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, it is prudent to seek the counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney. Contact Mark T. Young & Associates in Hixson, Tennessee, today to schedule a consultation.
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