Indiana Bankruptcy Exemptions

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The references to Indiana statutes are to the Indiana Statutes Annotated.


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Indiana Bankruptcy Exemptions
Assets Exemption State Statute
Homestead Property that is held as tenancy by the entirety: may be exempt if only one spouse incurred the debt. 32-17-3.1; 34-55-10-2(c)(5)
  Any real or personal property used as a residence: up to $15,000. 34-55-10-2(c)(1)
Insurance Life insurance policy/proceeds/cash value/avails: all if beneficiary is the spouse or dependent of the insured. 27-1-12-14
  Employer life insurance policy on employee: all. 27-1-12-17.1
  Group life insurance policy: all. 27-1-12-29
  Life insurance proceeds: all if policy has clause forbidding proceeds to be used to pay the beneficiary’s creditors. 27-1-5-1
  Accident and mutual life insurance proceeds: all necessary for support. 27-8-3-23
  Benefits from fraternal benefit society: all. 27-11-6-3
Miscellaneous Property owned by a business partnership: all. 23-4-1-25
Pensions Federal pension exemptions.  
  Public employee pensions: all. 5-10.3-8-9
  State teacher pensions: all. 5-10.4-5-14
  Police officer pensions: all. 10-12-2-10; 36-8-8-17
  Public and private retirement benefits and contributions: all. 34-55-10-2(c)(6)
  Firefighter pensions: all. 36-8-7-22; 36-8-8-17
  Sheriff pensions: all. 36-8-10-19
Personal Property Spendthrift trusts: all. 30-4-3-2
  Intangible personal property: all except money owed the debtor. 34-55-10-2(c)(3)
  Health aids: all professionally prescribed for debtor and debtor’s dependents. 34-55-10-2(c)(4)
  Medical care savings account deposits: all. 34-55-10-2(c)(7)
Public Benefits Crime victims’ benefits: all except to discharge debts for damages covered by the compensation. 5-2-6.1-38
  Worker’s compensation benefits: all. 22-3-2-17
  Unemployment compensation benefits: all. 22-4-33-3
Tools of Your Trade For members of the National Guard: all arms, equipment, and uniforms. 10-16-10-3
Wages Wages: at least 75% of disposable weekly earnings for wages that have been earned but not yet paid or 30 times the federal minimum hourly wage, whichever is greater. The bankruptcy judge may allow a larger exemption for low-income debtors. 24-4.5-5-105
Wildcard Real or tangible personal property: up to $8,000. 34-55-10-2(c)(2)

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