As stated in last month’s blog by your Dayton bankruptcy attorney, the Bankruptcy Code allows an individual to protect (and therefore retain) some property from the claims of creditors because it is exempt under federal bankruptcy law or under the laws of the debtor’s home state. 11 U.S.C. § 522(b). Some of the current Ohio Exemptions (O.R.C. 2329.66) are listed below:
1) Personal residence = $21, 625 2) Motor vehicle = $3,225 3) Cash = $400 4) Household Items (aggregate) = $10,775 5) Jewelry = $1,350 6) Tools of trade = $2,025 7) Award for personal bodily injury (received within 12 months of bankruptcy) = $20,200.
The first exemption listed above, the exemption protecting equity in a personal residence, will be increased in March 2013 when Ohio House Bill 479 takes effect. On December 20, 2012 the Governor of Ohio signed into law House Bill 479, which contains a provision that increases Ohio’s homestead exemption from $21,625 (current) to $125,000. This increase will protect over $100,000 more of equity in a person’s home. House Bill 479 also expressly provides that 529 plans, and qualified retirmement plans, and Roth IRAs are 100% exempted under Ohio law.
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