Massachusetts Bankruptcy Exemptions

The chart below contains a summary of Massachusetts state bankruptcy exemptions and other relevant statutory laws.
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Note: Federal bankruptcy exemptions are available.
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Personal exemptions allowed by Massachusetts Bankruptcy Laws

Note: Under the 2005 bankruptcy law, almost all types of tax-exempt retirement accounts are exempt in bankruptcy whether state or Federal exemptions are used. Exemptions for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, profit-sharing and money purchase plans, and defined benefit plans include the entire account amounts. However, with traditional and Roth IRAs, the exemption is limited to a total value of $1,171,650 per person for all accounts held by the debtor (not per account). The total value amount is adjusted every three years for inflation. The relevant statutes: 11 U.S.C. §522(d)(12) for Federal bankruptcy exemptions; 11 U.S.C. §522(b)(3)(C) for state bankruptcy exemptions.

Massachusetts HomesteadProperty occupied or intended to be occupied by debtor to $500,000. If debtor is over 65 years old or disabled, special rules apply.188-1; 188-1A
WagesEarned but unpaid wages to $125 per week.246-28
AutomobileUp to $700235-34
Other propertyGroup life insurance policy175-135
Property of business partnership108A-25
Beds and bedding; heating unit; clothing235-34
Furniture to $3,000235-34
Burial plots, tombs, and church pew235-34
Fishing boats, tackle, and nets used as tools of trade to $500235-34

Note: While this reference information is current as of August 2010, it may not reflect the most up-to-date exemption figures on official state of Massachusetts bankruptcy court statutes.

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