West Virginia Bankruptcy Exemptions
The chart below contains a summary of West Virginia state bankruptcy exemptions and other relevant statutory laws.
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Note: Federal bankruptcy exemptions are not available.
Personal exemptions allowed by West Virginia Bankruptcy Law
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.
|West Virginia Homestead||Real or personal property used as residence to $25,000||38-10-4(a)|
|Wages||Minimum 30 times the Federal minimum hourly wage per week. Bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors.||38-5A-3|
|Automobile||Up to $2,400||38-10-4(b)|
|Other property||Health or disability benefits||38-10-4(j)(3)|
|Alimony and child support needed for support||38-10-4(j)(4)|
|Animals, crops, clothing, appliances, books, household goods, furnishings, musical instruments to $400 per item, $8,000 total||38-10-4(c)|
|Burial plot to $25,000, in lieu of homestead||38-10-4(a)|
|Implements, books, and tools of trade to $1,500||38-10-4(f)|
|Wildcard||$800 (plus unused portion of homestead or burial exemption) of any property||38-10-4(e)|
Note: While this reference information is current as of October 2010, it may not reflect the most up-to-date exemption figures on official state of West Virginia bankruptcy court statutes.