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Iowa bankruptcy exemptions   IA Bankruptcy Exemptions

FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE
All law references are to Iowa Bankruptcy Code Annotated unless noted.

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Real property or an apartment to an unlimited value if acquired within after 1,215 days of filing (see new homestead laws); property cannot exceed ½ acre in town or city, 40 acres elsewhere

499A.18, 561.2, 561.16

May record homestead declaration

561.4

INSURANCE

Accident, disability, health, illness or life proceeds or avails to $15,000, paid to surviving spouse, child or other dependent

627.6(6)

Employee group insurance policy or proceeds

509.12

Life insurance proceeds to $10,000, acquired within 2 years of filing for bankruptcy, paid to spouse, child or other dependent

627.6(6)

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

508-32

MISCELLANEOUS

Alimony, child support needed for support

627-6(8)(d)

Liquor licenses

123.38

Property of business partnership

544.25

PENSIONS

also see wages

Disabled firefighters, police officers (only payments being received)

410.11

Federal government pension (only payments being received)

627.8

Firefighters

411.13

Peace officers

97A.12

Police officers

411.13

Public employees

97B.39

Other pensions needed for support (only payments being received)

627.6(8)(e)

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Appliances, furnishings and household goods to $7,000 total

627.6(5)

Bibles, books, portraits, pictures and paintings to $1,000 total

627.6(3)

Burial plot to 1 acre

627.6(4)

Clothing plus receptacles to hold clothing

627.6(1)

Health aids

627.6(7)

Motor vehicle, musical instruments and tax refund to $7,000 total

627.6(9)

Rifle, musket; shotgun

627.6(2)

Wedding or engagement rings

627.6(1)

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Adopted child assistance

627.19

AFDC

627.6(8)(a)

Local public assistance

627.6(8)(a)

Social security

627.6(8)(a)

Unemployment compensation

627.6(8)(a)

Veterans’ benefits

627.6(8)(b)

Workers’ compensation

627.13

TOOLS OF TRADE

Farming equipment; includes livestock, feed to $10,000 (can’t include car, In re Van Pelt, 83 B.R. 617 (S.D.IOWA 1987) )

627.6(11)

Non-farming equipment to $10,000 (can’t include car, In re Van Pelt, 83 B.R. 617 (S.D. Iowa 1987) )

627.6(10)

WAGES

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

642.21

WILD CARD

$1000 of any personal property, including cash

627.6(13)



Iowa bankruptcy courts  Iowa 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
Northern District
Cedar Rapids Division
P.O. Box 74890 (52407)
425 2nd Street, S.E.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52407
Telephone: (319) 286-2200

Sioux City Division
117 U.S. Courthouse
320 6th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Telephone: (712) 233-3939

contact clerks office
Southern District
P.O. Box 9264 (50306-9264)
110 East First and Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Telephone: (515) 284-6230

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