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Understanding Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions

| Sep 13, 2018 | Chapter 7 |

Understanding Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions can help provide peace of mind for individuals struggling with mounting debt and seeking debt relief. Because Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation bankruptcy process, an individual considering Chapter 7 bankruptcy should also be familiar with Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions and the protections they provide.

Because Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the filing party to liquidate non exempt assets to repay creditors, the filing party may have concerns about their family home, cars or other assets and how the bankruptcy process will impact them. As a result, it is important for those considering important bankruptcy protections that may be available to them to understand bankruptcy exemptions and the important role they play in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process.

Bankruptcy exemptions can protect certain assets from the bankruptcy process by exempting them from it. The homestead exemption protects a certain amount of equity in a family home from the bankruptcy process. Because homestead exemptions can vary and there are both state and federal homestead exemptions, it is important to be familiar with what they are. Similarly, a certain amount of value in a vehicle may be exempted as well. Additional exemptions for personal property may also be available. Wild card exemptions are another available exemption that provides protection for certain categories of property not otherwise exempted or property once a value limit has been reached.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions are also subject to certain value limits so there is a lot to know about this important protection. Anyone seeking a fresh financial start should be familiar with the different personal bankruptcy options and how Chapter 7 bankruptcy exemptions work.