Asset Protection in the Bankruptcy Process

Bankruptcy has always been intended to provide meaningful debt relief to people and businesses that need it and give them a "fresh start."

Because of that, and because taking away everything you own in order to pay your creditors as much as possible would absolutely defeat this purpose — the Bankruptcy Code has built in protections that allow debtors to keep most, if not all, of their assets.

At Prescott Pearson & Tande, PA, our attorneys have handled over 70,000 bankruptcy cases in Minnesota. This is all we do, in fact, and it's something we've been doing well for more than 40 years. Through bankruptcy — including its various exemptions — and other debt relief options, we can create a solid plan to help you protect your assets.

Property Exemptions

Minnesota is one of the 16 states that allow debtors to choose between exemptions under federal or state law (prior to the new bankruptcy laws of October 2005, exemptions were based on state law only).

Here's a partial listing of major exemption limits in Minnesota:

  • $360,000 for your home ($750,000 if agricultural)
  • $9,900 in household furniture
  • $13,000 in farm machines and implements used in farming operations
  • $11,000 in tools of your trade (this and the farm exemption above cannot exceed $13,000)
  • $4,400 for your car ($40,000 if modified for disability)
  • $66,000 in employee benefits
  • $57,000 in retirement benefits (most pensions are entirely protected even if over these limits)

Although exemptions are a complicated area of bankruptcy law, proper asset protection planning done with the guidance of an experienced bankruptcy attorney will put you in the strongest position to recover from the temporary setback known as bankruptcy.

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