Nevada Bankruptcy Laws : Nevada State Exemptions

Complete state of Nevada bankruptcy exemptions laws which protect a debtor’s property when personal bankruptcy is filed.

NRS 115.005 Definitions.
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. “Equity” means the amount that is determined by subtracting from the fair market value of the property the value of any liens excepted from the homestead exemption pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 115.010 or NRS 115.090.
2. “Homestead” means the property consisting of:

(a) A quantity of land, together with the dwelling house thereon and its appurtenances;
(b) A mobile home whether or not the underlying land is owned by the claimant; or
(c) A unit, whether real or personal property, existing pursuant to chapter 116 or 117 of NRS, with any appurtenant limited common elements and its interest in the common elements of the common-interest community, to be selected by the husband and wife, or either of them, or a single person claiming the homestead.

NRS 115.010 Exemption from sale on execution and from process of court; amount of exemption; exceptions; extension of exemption.

1. The homestead is not subject to forced sale on execution or any final process from any court, except as otherwise provided by subsections 2, 3 and 5, and NRS 115.090 and except as otherwise required by federal law.
2. The exemption provided in subsection 1 extends only to that amount of equity in the property held by the claimant which does not exceed $550,000 in value, unless allodial title has been established and not relinquished, in which case the exemption provided in subsection 1 extends to all equity in the dwelling, its appurtenances and the land on which it is located.
3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, the exemption provided in subsection 1 does not extend to process to enforce the payment of obligations contracted for the purchase of the property, or for improvements made thereon, including any mechanic’s lien lawfully obtained, or for legal taxes, or for:

(a) Any mortgage or deed of trust thereon executed and given, including, without limitation, any second or subsequent mortgage, mortgage obtained through refinancing, line of credit taken against the property and a home equity loan; or
(b) Any lien to which prior consent has been given through the acceptance of property subject to any recorded declaration of restrictions, deed restriction, restrictive covenant or equitable servitude, specifically including any lien in favor of an association pursuant to NRS 116.3116 or 117.070, Ê by both husband and wife, when that relation exists.

4. If allodial title has been established and not relinquished, the exemption provided in subsection 1 extends to process to enforce the payment of obligations contracted for the purchase of the property, and for improvements made thereon, including any mechanic’s lien lawfully obtained, and for legal taxes levied by a state or local government, and for:

(a) Any mortgage or deed of trust thereon; and
(b) Any lien even if prior consent has been given through the acceptance of property subject to any recorded declaration of restrictions, deed restriction, restrictive covenant or equitable servitude, specifically including any lien in favor of an association pursuant to NRS 116.3116 or 117.070, Ê unless a waiver for the specific obligation to which the judgment relates has been executed by all allodial titleholders of the property.

5. Establishment of allodial title does not exempt the property from forfeiture pursuant to NRS 179.1156 to 179.121, inclusive, 179.1211 to 179.1235, inclusive, or 207.350 to 207.520, inclusive.
6. Any declaration of homestead which has been filed before July 1, 2007, shall be deemed to have been amended on that date by extending the homestead exemption commensurate with any increase in the amount of equity held by the claimant in the property selected and claimed for the exemption up to the amount permitted by law on that date, but the increase does not impair the right of any creditor to execute upon the property when that right existed before July 1, 2007.

NRS 21.090 Property exempt from execution.

1. The following property is exempt from execution, except as otherwise specifically provided in this section or required by federal law:

(a) Private libraries, works of art, musical instruments and jewelry not to exceed $5,000 in value, belonging to the judgment debtor or a dependent of the judgment debtor, to be selected by the judgment debtor, and all family pictures and keepsakes.
(b) Necessary household goods, furnishings, electronics, wearing apparel, other personal effects and yard equipment, not to exceed $12,000 in value, belonging to the judgment debtor or a dependent of the judgment debtor, to be selected by the judgment debtor.
(c) Farm trucks, farm stock, farm tools, farm equipment, supplies and seed not to exceed $4,500 in value, belonging to the judgment debtor to be selected by the judgment debtor.
(d) Professional libraries, equipment, supplies, and the tools, inventory, instruments and materials used to carry on the trade or business of the judgment debtor for the support of the judgment debtor and his or her family not to exceed $10,000 in value.
(e) The cabin or dwelling of a miner or prospector, the miner’s or prospector’s cars, implements and appliances necessary for carrying on any mining operations and the mining claim actually worked by the miner or prospector, not exceeding $4,500 in total value.
(f) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (p), one vehicle if the judgment debtor’s equity does not exceed $15,000 or the creditor is paid an amount equal to any excess above that equity.
(g) For any workweek, 75 percent of the disposable earnings of a judgment debtor during that week, or 50 times the minimum hourly wage prescribed by section 6(a)(1) of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, 29 U.S.C. § 206(a)(1), and in effect at the time the earnings are payable, whichever is greater. Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (o), (s) and (t), the exemption provided in this paragraph does not apply in the case of any order of a court of competent jurisdiction for the support of any person, any order of a court of bankruptcy or of any debt due for any state or federal tax. As used in this paragraph:

(1) “Disposable earnings” means that part of the earnings of a judgment debtor remaining after the deduction from those earnings of any amounts required by law to be withheld.
(2) “Earnings” means compensation paid or payable for personal services performed by a judgment debtor in the regular course of business, including, without limitation, compensation designated as income, wages, tips, a salary, a commission or a bonus. The term includes compensation received by a judgment debtor that is in the possession of the judgment debtor, compensation held in accounts maintained in a bank or any other financial institution or, in the case of a receivable, compensation that is due the judgment debtor.

(h) All fire engines, hooks and ladders, with the carts, trucks and carriages, hose, buckets, implements and apparatus thereunto appertaining, and all furniture and uniforms of any fire company or department organized under the laws of this State.
(i) All arms, uniforms and accouterments required by law to be kept by any person, and also one gun, to be selected by the debtor.
(j) All courthouses, jails, public offices and buildings, lots, grounds and personal property, the fixtures, furniture, books, papers and appurtenances belonging and pertaining to the courthouse, jail and public offices belonging to any county of this State, all cemeteries, public squares, parks and places, public buildings, town halls, markets, buildings for the use of fire departments and military organizations, and the lots and grounds thereto belonging and appertaining, owned or held by any town or incorporated city, or dedicated by the town or city to health, ornament or public use, or for the use of any fire or military company organized under the laws of this State and all lots, buildings and other school property owned by a school district and devoted to public school purposes.
(k) All money, benefits, privileges or immunities accruing or in any manner growing out of any life insurance, if the annual premium paid does not exceed $15,000. If the premium exceeds that amount, a similar exemption exists which bears the same proportion to the money, benefits, privileges and immunities so accruing or growing out of the insurance that the $15,000 bears to the whole annual premium paid.
(l) The homestead as provided for by law, including a homestead for which allodial title has been established and not relinquished and for which a waiver executed pursuant to NRS 115.010 is not applicable.
(m) The dwelling of the judgment debtor occupied as a home for himself or herself and family, where the amount of equity held by the judgment debtor in the home does not exceed $550,000 in value and the dwelling is situated upon lands not owned by the judgment debtor.
(n) All money reasonably deposited with a landlord by the judgment debtor to secure an agreement to rent or lease a dwelling that is used by the judgment debtor as his or her primary residence, except that such money is not exempt with respect to a landlord or the landlord’s successor in interest who seeks to enforce the terms of the agreement to rent or lease the dwelling.
(o) All property in this State of the judgment debtor where the judgment is in favor of any state for failure to pay that state’s income tax on benefits received from a pension or other retirement plan.
(p) Any vehicle owned by the judgment debtor for use by the judgment debtor or the judgment debtor’s dependent that is equipped or modified to provide mobility for a person with a permanent disability.
(q) Any prosthesis or equipment prescribed by a physician or dentist for the judgment debtor or a dependent of the debtor.
(r) Money, not to exceed $500,000 in present value, held in:

(1) An individual retirement arrangement which conforms with the applicable limitations and requirements of section 408 or 408A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. §§ 408 and 408A;
(2) A written simplified employee pension plan which conforms with the applicable limitations and requirements of section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 408;
(3) A cash or deferred arrangement which is a qualified plan pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code;
(4) A trust forming part of a stock bonus, pension or profit-sharing plan which is a qualified plan pursuant to sections 401 et seq. of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. §§ 401 et seq.; and
(5) A trust forming part of a qualified tuition program pursuant to chapter 353B of NRS, any applicable regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 353B of NRS and section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 529, unless the money is deposited after the entry of a judgment against the purchaser or account owner or the money will not be used by any beneficiary to attend a college or university.

(s) All money and other benefits paid pursuant to the order of a court of competent jurisdiction for the support, education and maintenance of a child, whether collected by the judgment debtor or the State.
(t) All money and other benefits paid pursuant to the order of a court of competent jurisdiction for the support and maintenance of a former spouse, including the amount of any arrearages in the payment of such support and maintenance to which the former spouse may be entitled.
(u) Payments, in an amount not to exceed $16,150, received as compensation for personal injury, not including compensation for pain and suffering or actual pecuniary loss, by the judgment debtor or by a person upon whom the judgment debtor is dependent at the time the payment is received.
(v) Payments received as compensation for the wrongful death of a person upon whom the judgment debtor was dependent at the time of the wrongful death, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the judgment debtor and any dependent of the judgment debtor.
(w) Payments received as compensation for the loss of future earnings of the judgment debtor or of a person upon whom the judgment debtor is dependent at the time the payment is received, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the judgment debtor and any dependent of the judgment debtor.
(x) Payments received as restitution for a criminal act.
(y) Payments received pursuant to the federal Social Security Act, including, without limitation, retirement and survivors’ benefits, supplemental security income benefits and disability insurance benefits.
(z) Any personal property not otherwise exempt from execution pursuant to this subsection belonging to the judgment debtor, including, without limitation, the judgment debtor’s equity in any property, money, stocks, bonds or other funds on deposit with a financial institution, not to exceed $1,000 in total value, to be selected by the judgment debtor.
(aa) Any tax refund received by the judgment debtor that is derived from the earned income credit described in section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 32, or a similar credit provided pursuant to a state law.
(bb) Stock of a corporation described in subsection 2 of NRS 78.746 except as set forth in that section.
(cc) Regardless of whether a trust contains a spendthrift provision:

(1) A beneficial interest in the trust as defined in NRS 163.4145 if the interest has not been distributed;
(2) A remainder interest in the trust as defined in NRS 163.416 if the trust does not indicate that the remainder interest is certain to be distributed within 1 year after the date on which the instrument that creates the remainder interest becomes irrevocable;
(3) A discretionary interest in the trust as described in NRS 163.4185 if the interest has not been distributed;
(4) A power of appointment in the trust as defined in NRS 163.4157 regardless of whether the power has been distributed or transferred;
(5) A power listed in NRS 163.5553 that is held by a trust protector as defined in NRS 163.5547 or any other person regardless of whether the power has been distributed or transferred;
(6) A reserved power in the trust as defined in NRS 163.4165 regardless of whether the power has been distributed or transferred; and
(7) Any other property of the trust that has not been distributed from the trust. Once the property is distributed from the trust, the property is subject to execution.

(dd) If a trust contains a spendthrift provision:

(1) A mandatory interest in the trust as described in NRS 163.4185 if the interest has not been distributed;
(2) Notwithstanding a beneficiary’s right to enforce a support interest, a support interest in the trust as described in NRS 163.4185 if the interest has not been distributed; and
(3) Any other property of the trust that has not been distributed from the trust. Once the property is distributed from the trust, the property is subject to execution.

2. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 115.010, no article or species of property mentioned in this section is exempt from execution issued upon a judgment to recover for its price, or upon a judgment of foreclosure of a mortgage or other lien thereon.
3. Any exemptions specified in subsection (d) of section 522 of the Bankruptcy Act of 1978, 11 U.S.C. § 522(d), do not apply to property owned by a resident of this State unless conferred also by subsection 1, as limited by subsection 2.

NRS 21.100 Collections of minerals, art curiosities and paleontological remains exempt from execution.

1. Any bona fide owner of a collection or cabinet of metal-bearing ores, geological specimens, art curiosities, or paleontological remains who shall properly arrange, classify, number and catalog in a suitable book or books of reference any such collection of ores, specimens, curiosities or remains, whether the same be kept at a private residence or in a public hall or in a place of public business or traffic, shall be entitled to hold the same exempt from execution as other property is exempted from execution under the provisions of NRS 21.090.
2. The owner of any collection or cabinet as described in subsection 1 shall keep constantly at or near such collection or cabinet, for free inspection of all visitors who may desire to examine the same, written or printed catalogs as provided in subsection 1. Any person owning such collection or cabinet who fails or neglects to comply with the provisions of this section shall forfeit all right to hold such collection or cabinet exempt from legal execution as provided herein.
3. Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to exempt from execution any numismatic collection, such as gold and silver coins, paper currency, bank notes, legal tender currency, national or state bonds, or any negotiable note, or valuable copper, bronze, nickel, platinum or other coin.

NRS 286.670 Right to benefits not subject to taxes, process, bankruptcy, assignment or assessment for impairment or insolvency of insurance company; exceptions. (Public Employees)

1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 31A.150 and 286.6703 and as limited by subsection 2, the right of a person to a pension, an annuity, a retirement allowance, the return of contributions, the pension, annuity or retirement allowance itself, any optional benefit or death benefit or any other right accrued or accruing to any person under the provisions of this chapter, and the money in the various funds created by this chapter, is:

(a) Exempt from all state, county and municipal taxes.
(b) Not subject to execution, garnishment, attachment or any other process.
(c) Not subject to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law.
(d) Not assignable, by power of attorney or otherwise.
(e) Exempt from assessment for the impairment or insolvency of any life or health insurance company.

2. The System may withhold money from a refund or benefit when the person applying for or receiving the refund or benefit owes money to the System

NRS 422.291 Assistance not assignable or subject to process or bankruptcy law. (Aid to Blind, Aged, Disabled; Public Assistance)
Assistance awarded pursuant to the provisions of this chapter is not transferable or assignable at law or in equity and none of the money paid or payable under this chapter is subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law.

NRS 432.036 Limitations on assistance. (Public Assistance for Children)
Assistance awarded pursuant to the provisions of NRS 432.010 to 432.085, inclusive, is:

1. Not transferable or assignable at law or in equity, and none of the money paid or payable pursuant to those provisions is subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment or other legal process, or to the operation of any law regarding bankruptcy or insolvency.
2. Awarded and held subject to any legislative enactment amending or repealing those provisions, and no recipient has any claim for assistance or otherwise by reason of the assistance being affected in any way by such a legislative enactment.

NRS 612.710 Assignment of benefits void; exemption from execution and attachment. (Unemployment Compensation)
Except as otherwise provided in NRS 31A.150:

1. Any assignment, pledge or encumbrance of any right to benefits which are or may become due or payable under this chapter is void, except for a voluntary assignment of benefits to satisfy an obligation to pay support for a child.
2. Benefits are exempt from levy, execution, attachment, or any other remedy provided for the collection of debt. Benefits received by any person, if they are not mingled with other money of the recipient, are exempt from any remedy for the collection of all debts, except debts incurred for necessaries furnished to the person or the person’s spouse or dependents during the time when the person was unemployed.
3. Any other waiver of any exemption provided for in this section is void.
NRS 615.270 Maintenance not assignable or subject to attachment, execution or other legal process. (Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits)
The right of an individual with a disability to maintenance under this chapter shall not be transferable or assignable at law or in equity, and none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this chapter shall be subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law.

NRS 616C.205 Compensation not assignable; exempt from attachment, garnishment and execution; accrued compensation payable to dependents. (Workers’ Compensation)
Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 31A.150 and 31A.330, compensation payable or paid under chapters 616A to 616D, inclusive, or chapter 617 of NRS, whether determined or due, or not:

1. Is not assignable before the issuance and delivery of the check or the deposit of any payment for compensation pursuant to NRS 616C.409;
2. Is exempt from attachment, garnishment and execution; and
3. Does not pass to any other person by operation of law. Ê In the case of the death of an injured employee covered by chapters 616A to 616D, inclusive, or chapter 617 of NRS from causes independent from the injury for which compensation is payable, any compensation due the employee which was awarded or accrued but for which a check was not issued or delivered or for which payment was not made pursuant to NRS 616C.409 at the date of death of the employee is payable to the dependents of the employee as defined in NRS 616C.505.

NRS 645B.180 Limitations on execution or attachment of money in trust account; commingling of money prohibited.

1. Money in an impound trust account is not subject to execution or attachment on any claim against the mortgage broker or his or her mortgage agents.
2. It is unlawful for a mortgage broker or his or her mortgage agents knowingly to keep or cause to be kept any money in a depository financial institution under the heading of “impound trust account” or any other name designating such money as belonging to the investors or debtors of the mortgage broker, unless the money has been paid to the mortgage broker or his or her mortgage agents by an investor or debtor and is being held in trust by the mortgage broker pursuant to NRS 645B.170 or 645B.175.

NRS 687B.260 Exemption of proceeds of certain policies.

1. If a policy of insurance, whether issued before, on or after January 1, 1972, is effected by any person on his or her own life, or on another life, in favor of a person other than himself or herself, or, except in cases of transfer with intent to defraud creditors, if a policy of life insurance is assigned or in any way made payable to any such person, the lawful beneficiary or assignee thereof, other than the insured or the person so effecting such insurance or executors or administrators of the insured or the person so effecting such insurance, is entitled to its proceeds and avails against the creditors and representatives of the insured and of the person effecting the same, whether or not the right to change the beneficiary is reserved or permitted and whether or not the policy is made payable to the person whose life is insured or to the executors or administrators of such person if the beneficiary or assignee predeceases the person. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, such proceeds and avails are exempt from all liability for any debt of the beneficiary existing at the time the proceeds and avails are made available for the use of the beneficiary. Subject to the statute of limitations, the amount of any premiums for such insurance paid with intent to defraud creditors, with interest thereon, inures to the benefit of the creditors from the proceeds of the policy. The insurer issuing the policy is discharged of all liability thereon by payment of its proceeds in accordance with its terms, unless, before the payment, the insurer has received written notice at its home office, by or in behalf of a creditor, of a claim to recover for transfer made or premiums paid with intent to defraud creditors, with specification of the amount claimed along with such facts as will assist the insurer to ascertain the particular policy.
2. For the purposes of subsection 1, a policy shall also be deemed to be payable to a person other than the insured if and to the extent that a facility-of-payment clause or a similar clause in the policy permits the insurer to discharge its obligation after the death of the individual insured by paying the death benefits to a person as permitted by such a clause.
3. This section does not apply to insurance issued pursuant to this Code to a creditor covering his or her debtors to the extent that such proceeds are applied to payment of the obligation for the purpose of which the insurance was so issued.

NRS 687B.270 Exemption of proceeds: Health insurance.

1. Except as otherwise expressly provided by the policy or contract, the proceeds and avails of all contracts of health insurance and of provisions providing benefits on account of the disability of the insured which are supplemental to life insurance or annuity contracts effected before, on or after January 1, 1972, are exempt from all liability for any debt of the insured, and from any debt of the beneficiary existing at the time the proceeds are made available for the use of the beneficiary.
2. This section does not apply to insurance issued pursuant to this Code to a creditor covering his or her debtors to the extent that such proceeds are applied to payment of the obligation for the purpose of which the insurance was so issued.

NRS 687B.280 Exemption of proceeds: Group insurance.

1. A policy of group life insurance or group health insurance or the proceeds thereof payable to the individual insured or to the beneficiary thereunder shall not be liable, either before or after payment, to be applied by any legal or equitable process to pay any debt or liability of such insured individual or his or her beneficiary or of any other person having a right under the policy. The proceeds thereof, when not made payable to a named beneficiary or to a third person pursuant to a facility-of-payment clause, shall not constitute a part of the estate of the individual insured for the payment of the debts of the individual insured.
2. This section does not apply to group insurance issued pursuant to this Code to a creditor covering his or her debtors, to the extent that such proceeds are applied to payments of the obligation for the purpose of which the insurance was so issued.

NRS 687B.290 Exemption of proceeds: Annuities; assignability of rights.

1. The benefits, rights, privileges and options which under any annuity contract issued prior to or after January 1, 1972, are due or prospectively due the annuitant shall not be subject to execution nor shall the annuitant be compelled to exercise any such rights, powers or options, nor shall creditors be allowed to interfere with or terminate the contract, except:

(a) As to amounts paid for or as premium on any such annuity with intent to defraud creditors, with interest thereon, and of which the creditor has given the insurer written notice at its home office prior to the making of the payment to the annuitant out of which the creditor seeks to recover. Any such notice shall specify the amount claimed or such facts as will enable the insurer to ascertain such amount, and shall set forth such facts as will enable the insurer to ascertain the annuity contract, the annuitant and the payment sought to be avoided on the ground of fraud.
(b) The total exemption of benefits presently due and payable to any annuitant periodically or at stated times under all annuity contracts under which he or she is an annuitant shall not at any time exceed $350 per month for the length of time represented by such installments, and such periodic payments in excess of $350 per month shall be subject to garnishee execution to the same extent as are wages and salaries.
(c) If the total benefits presently due and payable to any annuitant under all annuity contracts under which he or she is an annuitant, at any time exceed payment at the rate of $350 per month, then the court may order such annuitant to pay to a judgment creditor or apply on the judgment, in installments, such portion of such excess benefits as to the court may appear just and proper, after due regard for the reasonable requirements of the judgment debtor and the family of the judgment debtor, if dependent upon the judgment debtor, as well as any payments required to be made by the annuitant to other creditors under prior court orders.

2. If the contract so provides, the benefits, rights, privileges or options accruing under such contract to a beneficiary or assignee shall not be transferable or subject to commutation, and if the benefits are payable periodically or at stated times, the same exemptions and exceptions contained in this section for the annuitant shall apply with respect to such beneficiary or assignee.

NRS 689.700 Money in trust fund exempt from attachment and other process. (Burial Plot)
In the absence of fraud, all money in a trust fund held or invested in accordance with the provisions of this chapter is not liable to attachment, garnishment or other process or to be seized, taken, appropriated or applied to pay any debt or liability of the seller, buyer, beneficiary or performer by any legal or equitable process or by operation of law.
NRS 695A.220 Benefits not liable to attachment, garnishment or other process.
No money or other benefit, charity, relief or aid to be paid, provided or rendered by any society is liable to attachment, garnishment or other process, or to be seized, taken, appropriated or applied by any legal or equitable process or operation of law to pay any debt or liability of a benefit member or beneficiary, or any other person who may have a right thereunder, either before or after payment by the society.

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 Minnesota bankruptcy court statutes.

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