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Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions   WI Bankruptcy Exemptions

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

ASSET

EXEMPTION

LAW PROVISION

HOMESTEAD

Property you occupy or intend to occupy to $75,000; sale proceeds exempt for 2 years from sale if you plan to obtain another home ( husband and wife may not double)

815.20

INSURANCE

Federal disability insurance

Fire proceeds for destroyed exempt property for 2 years from receiving

Fraternal benefit society benefits

Life insurance policy or proceeds to $5000, if beneficiary is a married woman

Life insurance proceeds held in trust by insurer, if clause prohibits proceeds from being used to pay beneficiarys creditors

Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary was dependent of insured, needed for support

Unmatured life insurance contract, except credit insurance contract, owned by debtor & insuring debtor, dependent of debtor or someone debtor is dependent on

Unmatured life insurance contracts accrued dividends, interest or loan value (to $150,000 total in all contracts), if debtor owns contract & insured is debtor, dependent of debtor or someone debtor is dependent on

815.18(3) (ds)

815.18(3) (e)


614.96

766.09


632.42



815.18(3) (I) (a)


815.18(3) (f)

 

 

815.18(3) (f)

MISC.

Alimony, child support needed for support

Property of business partnership

815.18(3) ( c)


178.21

PENSIONS

Certain municipal employees

Firefighters, police officers who worked in city with population over 150,000

Military pensions

Private or public retirement benefits

Public employees

66.81

815.18(3) (ef)


815.18(3) (n)

815.18(3) (j)

40.08(1)

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Burial provisions

Deposit accounts to $1000

Household goods and furnishings, clothing, keepsakes, jewelry, appliances, books, musical instruments, firearms, sporting goods, animals and other tangible property held for personal, family or household use to $12,000 total

Lost future earnings recoveries, needed for support

Motor vehicles to $4000 (plus unused portion of household furnishing exemption)

Personal injury recoveries to $25,000

Tenant’s lease or stock interest in housing co-op, to homestead amount

Wages used to purchase savings bonds

Wrongful death recoveries, needed for support

815.18(3) (a)

815.18(3) (k)

815.18(3) (d)

 

 


815.18(3) (I) (d)

815.18(3) (g)



815.18(3) (I) (c)


182.004(6)


20.921(1) (e)

815.18(3) (I) (b)

PUBLIC BENEFITS

Crime victims’ compensation

Social Service payments

Unemployment compensation

Veterans benefits

Workers’ compensation

949.07

49.41

108.13

45.35(8) (b)

102.27

TOOLS OF TRADE

Equipment, inventory, farm products, books and tools of trade to $15,000 total

815.18(3) (b)

WAGES

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

815.18(3) (h)

WILD CARD

None

 



Wisconsin Bankruptcy Courts  WI 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
Milwaukee Division
126 Federal Building
517 East Wisconsin Avenue, Ste. 126
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Telephone: (414) 297-3291

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Western District
Madison Division
P.O. Box 548
120 N. Henry Street, Rm. 340
Madison, WI 53701
Telephone: (608) 264-5178

Eau Claire Division
P.O. Box 5009 (54702)
500 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Telephone: (715) 839-2980

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