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Missouri bankruptcy exemptions  MO Bankruptcy Exemptions

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

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Real property to $15,000 or mobile home to $5,000 (joint owners may not double)

Property held as tenancy for the entirety may be exempt against debts owed by only one spouse

513.430(6), 513.475

In re Anderson, 12 B.R. 483

(W.D. Mo. 1981)

INSURANCE

Assessment or insurance premium proceeds

Disability or illness benefits

Fraternal benefit society benefits to $5000, bought over 6 months before filing

Life insurance dividends, loan value or interest to $5000, bought over 6 months before filing

Life insurance proceeds if policy owned by woman & insures her husband

Life insurance proceeds if policy owned by unmarried woman and insures her father or brother

Stipulated insurance premiums

Unmatured life insurance policy

377.090


513.430(10)(c)

513.430(8)



513.430(8)



376.530



376.550


377.330

513.430(7)

MISCELLANEOUS

Alimony, child support to $750 per month

Property of business partnership

513.430(10(d)


358.250

PENSIONS

Employees of cities with 100,000 or more people

ERISA-qualified benefits needed for support (only payments being received)

Firefighters

Highway & transportation employees

Police Department employees

State employees

Teachers

71.207


513.430(10)(e)


87.090, 87.365, 87.485

104.250

86.190, 86.353, 86.493, 86.780

104.540

169.090

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Appliances, household goods, furnishings, clothing, books, crops, animals & musical instruments to $3,000

Burial grounds to 1 acre or $100

Health aids

Jewelry to $500; Wedding Ring to $1,500

Motor vehicle to $3,000

Personal injury causes of action

Wrongful death recoveries for person debtor depended on

513.430(1)



214.190

513.430(9)

513.430(2)

513.430(5)

In re Mitchell, 73 B.R. 93

(E.D. Mo. 1987)

513.430(11)

PUBLIC BENEFITS

AFDC

Social security

Unemployment compensation


Veterans’ benefits

Workers’ compensation

513.430(10(a)

513.430(10)(a)

288.380(10(l), 53.430(10)(c)

513.430(10(b)

287.260

TOOLS OF TRADE

Implements, books & tools of trade to $3,000

513.430(4)

WAGES

Minimum 75% of earned but unpaid wages (90% for head of family); bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors

Wages of servant or common laborer to $90

525.030




513.470

WILD CARD

$1,250 of any property if head of family; head of family may claim an additional $350 per child

513.430(3), 513.440



Missouri bankruptcy courts  Missouri 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
Eastern District
One Metropolitan Square
Bld. 211 N. Broadway, 7th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63102-2734
Telephone: (866) 803-9517

contact clerks office
Western District
913 U.S. Courthouse
811 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 426-3321

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