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Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Exemptions   PA Bankruptcy Exemptions

FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE
All Bankruptcy law references are to Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Code unless noted.

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

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

Keystone Saving Ass’n v.

Kitsock, 633 A. 2d 165 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1993)

INSURANCE

Accident or disability benefits

Fraternal benefit society benefits

 



Group life policy or proceeds

Insurance policy or annuity contract payments, where insured is the beneficiary, cash value or proceeds to $100 per month

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

No-fault automobile insurance proceeds

42-8124( c) (7)

Annotated Statute 40-1141-403;
42-8124( c) (1), (8)
42-8124( c) (5)

42-8124( c) (3)


42-8124( c) (6)



42-8214( c) (4)


42-8124( c) (9)

MISC.

Property of business partnership

15-8341

PENSIONS

City employees



County employees

Municipal employees

Police officers

Private retirement benefits if clause prohibits proceeds from being used to pay beneficiary’s creditors, to extent tax-deferred; exemption limited to $15,000 per year deposited; no exemption for amount deposited within 1 year of filing

Public school employees

State employees

53-13445, 53-23572,
53-39383

16-4716

53-881.115

53-764, 53-776, 53-23666


42-8124(b)




24-8533

71-5953

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Bibles, schoolbooks & sewing machines


Clothing

Tangible personal property at an international exhibit sponsored by U.S. government

Uniform & accoutrements

42-8124(a) (2), (3)

42-8124(a) (1)

42-8125



42-8124(a) (4)

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Crime victims compensation


Korean conflict veterans benefits

Unemployment compensation

Veterans benefits

Workers compensation

71-180-7.10


51-20098

42-8124(a) (10), 43-863

51-20012

42-8124( c) (2)

TOOLS OF TRADE

None

 

WAGES

Earned but unpaid wages

42-8127

WILD CARD

$300 of any property

42-8123



Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Courts  PA 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
Philadelphia Division
3726 U.S. Courthouse
900 Market Street, Ste. 400
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 408-2800

Reading Division
Ste. 300 The Madison Bldg.
400 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601
Telephone: (610) 320-5255

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Middle District
Harrisburg Division
P.O. Box 908
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0908
Telephone: (717) 782-2260

Wilkes-Barre Division
Federal Building
197 South Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Telephone: (717) 826-6450

contact clerks office
Western District
Pittsburgh Division
1602 Federal Building
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Telephone: (412) 644-2700

Erie Division
717 State Street, Ste. 501
Erie, PA 16501
Telephone: (814) 464-9740

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