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Assets Exemption State Statutes
Homestead Must file homestead declaration before attempted sale of home. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-504 
  Real property, mobile home, or water rights to $30,000 if primary residence; $5,000 if not primary residence (joint owners may double). Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-503 (1),(2),(4)
  Sale proceeds exempt for 1 year. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-503 (5)(b)
Insurance Disability, illness, medical, or hospital benefits. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(iii)
  Fraternal benefit society benefits. Utah Code Ann. § 31A-9-603
  Life insurance policy contracts proceeds and avails excluding payments made on contract one year prior to filing. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(xiii)
  Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary is insured’s spouse or dependent, as needed for support. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(xi)
  Medical, surgical, and hospital benefits. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(iv)
Misc. Child support. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505
  Child support & Alimony needed for support. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(vi),(vii)
  Property of business partnership. Utah Code Ann. § 48-1-22
Pensions & Retirement Savings ERISA-qualified benefits, IRAs, Keoghs (benefits that have accrued & contributions that have been made at least 1 year prior to filing). Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(xiv)
  Public employees. Utah Code Ann. § 49-11-612
Personal Property Animals, books, and musical instruments. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-506 (1)(c)
  Artwork depicting, or done by, a family member.  Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(ix)
  Bed, bedding, carpets. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(viii)
  Burial plot. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(i)
  Clothing (cannot claim furs or jewelry). Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(viii)
  Dining & kitchen tables & chairs. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(b)
  Food to last 12 months. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(viii)
  Health aids.  Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(ii)
  Heirlooms. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(d)
  Motor vehicle to $3,000.  Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-506 (3)
  Personal injury, wrongful death recoveries for you or person you depended on. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(x)
  Proceeds for sold, lost, or damaged exempt property. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-507
  Refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stove, sewing machine, washer & dryer. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(viii)
  Sofas, chairs, & related furnishings to $500. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-506 (1)(a)
 Public Benefit General assistance. Utah Code Ann. § 35A-3-112
  Occupational disease disability benefits. Utah Code Ann. § 34A-3-107
  Veterans’ benefits. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-505 (1)(a)(v)
  Workers’ compensation. Utah Code Ann. § 34A-2-422
Tools of Your Trade Implements, books, & tools of trade to $5,000. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-5-506 (2)
  Military property of National Guard member. Utah Code Ann. § 39-1-47
Wages Minimum 75% of disposable weekly earnings or 30 times the federal hourly minimum wage, whichever is more; bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors. Utah Code Ann. § 70C-7-103
Wildcard None listed.  

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