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Washington Bankruptcy Exemptions  WA Bankruptcy Exemptions

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

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Real property or mobile home up to $125,000 of their home or other property covered by the homestead exemption.

Must file homestead declaration before sale of home if property unimproved or home unoccupied

6.13.010,6.13.030




6.15.040

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Household goods, furniture, appliances, home and yard equipment up to $6,500 ($13,000 for husband and wife).

Books to $3,500

Burial plots sold by nonprofit cemetery association

Clothing to $3,500, no more than $1000 in furs, jewelry, ornaments

Food and fuel for comfortable maintenance

Keepsakes & pictures

Motor vehicle to $3,250 if single or two vehicles to $6,500 if community.

Personal injury awards up to $16,150

6.15.010

 

6.15.010

68.20.120


6.15.010


6.15.010

6.15.010

6.15.010

6.15.010

INSURANCE

Annuity contract proceeds to $250 per month

Disability proceeds, avails or benefits

Fire insurance proceeds for destroyed exemption

Fraternal benefit society benefits

Group life insurance policy or proceeds

Life insurance proceeds or avails if beneficiary is not the insured

48.18.430


48.18.400

6.15.030


48.36A.180

48.18.420

48.18.410

MISC.

Property of business partnership

25.04.250

PENSIONS

City employees

ERISA-qualified benefits

IRAs

Public employees

State patrol officers

Volunteer firefighters

41.28.200

6.15.020

6.15.020

41.40.380

43.43.310

41.24.240

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Child welfare

Crime victims’ compensation


General assistance

Industrial insurance (workers’ compensation)

Old-age assistance

Unemployment compensation

74.13.070

7.68.070, 51.32.040

74.04.280

51.32.040


74.08.210

50.40.020

TOOLS OF TRADE

Farm trucks, stock, tools, seed, equipment & supplies of farmer to $5000 total

Library, office furniture, office equipment & supplies of physician, surgeon, clergy or other professional to $10,000 total

Tools & materials used in anothers trade to $10,000

6.15.010(4) (a)

 

6.15.010(4) (b)


6.15.010(4) ( c)

WAGES

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

6.27.150

WILD CARD

$2,000 of any personal property (no more than $200 in cash, bank deposits, bonds, stocks & securities)

6.15.010(3) (b)



Washington Bankruptcy Courts  WA 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
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2164
Spokane WA 99210-2164

Street Address
904 W. Riverside Suite 304
Spokane WA 99201
Telephone: (509)353-2404

contact clerks office
Western District
Seattle Division
315 Park Place Building
1200 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (206) 553-7545

Tacoma Division
Union Station
1717 Pacific Avenue, Room 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402-3233
Telephone: (206) 593-6310

contact clerks office

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