exempt property
Property that may not be seized by creditors and does not have to be forfeited in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Each state has its own list of exempt property; in some states, debtors may choose between the state's list and a federal list. Typically, states exempt clothing, household furnishings, tools of the debtor's trade, personal belongings, and other basic possessions. Many states also exempt a certain amount of the debtor's equity in a home and a vehicle.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


exempt property
All the property of a debtor which is not attachable under the Bankruptcy Code or the state statute.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • proceeds for damaged exempt property — In bankruptcy, money received through insurance coverage, arbitration, mediation, settlement, or a lawsuit to pay for exempt property that has been damaged or destroyed. For example, if a debtor had the right to use a $30,000 homestead exemption …   Law dictionary

  • schedule of exempt property — The list of property selected by a debtor as that which he claims exempt from execution. 31 Am J2d Exemp § 146. A part of the schedule to be filed by a bankrupt. 9 Am J2d Bankr § 367 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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