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Maryland bankruptcy exemptions  MD Bankruptcy Exemptions

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

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EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

NONE, however, property held as tenancy by the entirety may be exempt against debts owed by only one spouse

In re Sefren

41 B.R. 747 (D. Md. 1984)

 

 

 

INSURANCE

Disability or health benefits, including court awards, arbitrations and settlements

Courts and Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(2)

 

Fraternal benefit society benefits

48A-328, Estates & Trusts 8-115

 

Life insurance or annuity contract proceeds or avails if beneficiary is insureds dependent, child or spouse

48A-385, Estates & Trusts 8-115

 

Medical benefits deducted from wages

Commercial 15-601.1

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Property of business partnership

Corporation 9-502

 

 

 

PENSIONS

Deceased Baltimore police officers (only benefits building up)

73B-49

 

ERISA-qualified benefits, except IRAs

Courts & Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)

 

State employees

73B-17, 73B-125

 

State police

88B-60

 

Teachers

73B-96, 73B-152

 

 

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Appliances, furnishings, household goods, books, pets and clothing to $5,000 total

Courts & Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(4)

 

Burial plot

23-164

 

Health aids

Courts & Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(3)

 

Lost future earnings recoveries and any other real or personal property up to $5,000 total

Courts & Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(2)

 

 

 

PUBLIC BENEFITS

AFDC, general assistance

88A-73

 

Crime victims’ compensation

26A-13

 

Unemployment compensation

Labor & Employment

8-106

 

Workers compensation

Labor & Employment

9-732

 

 

 

TOOLS OF TRADE

Clothing, books, tools, instruments and appliances to $5,000; cant include car (In re Chapman, 68 B R 745 (D. Md. 1986)

Courts & Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(1)

 

 

 

WAGES

Earned but unpaid wages, the greater of 75% or $415 per week; in Kent, Caroline and Queen Annes of Worcester Counties, the greater of 75% of actual wages or 30% of federal minimum wage

Commercial

15-601.1

 

 

 

WILD CARD

$6,000 of any property

Courts 7 Jud. Proceedings 11-504(b)(5),(f)



Maryland bankruptcy courts  Maryland 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 Maryland
6500 Cherry Wood Lane, Ste. 300
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Telephone: (301) 344-8018

Baltimore Division
101 West Lombard Street, Rm. 8515
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410) 962-2688

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