Bankruptcy Exemptions: What Can I Keep?

Bankruptcy Exemptions in Illinois

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Filing for bankruptcy can be a scary experience with the right information. When you have an experienced attorney on your side, you have someone with the information you need to make educated decisions about your unique financial position.

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What Can I Keep?

Generally, the concept of going through bankruptcy is that you liquidate your assets to pay off your debt. However, if you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, there are state exemptions in Illinois that allow you to keep the majority of your property. While the list below is not inclusive of all exemptions, it includes the ones we are most commonly asked about:

  • Homestead - Real or personal property that is the residence of the debtor. This can include a farm, condo and mobile home. The value is capped at $15,000 for an individual; however, a husband and wife filing jointly can keep $30,000.
  • Personal property - Bibles, family pictures, school books and needed clothing
  • Motor vehicle - Up to $2,400 in value
  • Personal injury lawsuit - Recovery up to $15,000
  • Insurance - Some insurance can be kept, including health and disability insurance.
  • Alimony and child support - Needed for support
  • Pensions - Certain pensions are considered exempt under Illinois law.
  • Some public benefits - Workers' compensation or veterans benefits are exempt.
  • Tools of trade - Up to $1,500 in value
  • Wild card - $4,000 of any personal property

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