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District Of Columbia Bankruptcy Exemptions   DC Bankruptcy Exemptions

FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
All references are to District of Columbia Bankruptcy Code.

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Real property used as a residence, unlimited exemption unless the property was acquired within the previous 1,215 days, and then the homestead exemption is limited to $125,000.

15-501

INSURANCE

Disability benefits

35-522

Fraternal benefit society benefits

35-1211

Group life insurance policy or proceeds

35-523

Life insurance proceeds if clause prohibits proceeds from being used to pay beneficiary’s creditors

35-525

Life insurance proceeds or avails

35-521

Other insurance proceeds to $200 per month, maximum 2 months, for head of family; else $60 per month

15-503

MISCELLANEOUS

Property of business partnership

41-124

PENSIONS (also see wages)

Judges

11-1570(d)

Public School Teachers

31-1217; 31-1238

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Beds, bedding, radios, cooking utensils, stoves, furniture, clothing, furnishings and sewing machines to $550: $10,775 total

15-501(a)(2)

Books to $400

15-501(a)(8)

Motor Vehicle to $2,575

15-501

Cooperative association holdings to $50

29-1128

Family pictures to $400

15-501(a)(8)

Food and fuel to 3 months

15-501(a)(3), (4)

Residential condominium deposit

45-1869

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Aid to blind, aged, disabled, AFDC, general assistance

3-215.1

Crime victims’ compensation

3-407

Unemployment compensation

46-119

Workers’ compensation

36-317

TOOLS OF TRADE

Library, furniture, tools of professional or artist to $300

15-501(a)(6)

Mechanic’s tools; tools of trade or business to $2,025

15-501(a)(5), 15-503(b)

Motor vehicle, cart, wagon or dray, and horse or mule harness to $3,225

15-501(a)(7)

Seal and documents of notary public

1-806

Stock and materials to $200

15-501(a)(5)

WAGES

Minimum 75% of earned but unpaid wages, pension payments; bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors

16-572

Non-wage (including pension) earnings for 60 days to $200 per month for head of family; else $60 per month

15-503

MISS.

Any property up to $1,075, plus up to $10,125 of any unused amount of the homestead exemption.

15-501

usiness partnership property.

33-105.41



District Of Columbia Bankruptcy Courts  DC Bankruptcy Courts
See the list below for Bankruptcy Courts by District. Click on the District link to go directly to that Bankruptcy Court's web site.

BANKRUPTCY COURTS NUMBER OF COPIES
District of COLUMBIA
D.C. Division

333rd Constitution Avenue
N.W. Room 4400
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: (202) 565-2500
Chapter 7  orig. & 3 copies
Chapter 13 orig & 2 copies

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