Can I lose My Home If I File Bankruptcy ?
One of the most important questions potential client’s have when they come in to see me is whether or not they are going to lose their home if they file for bankruptcy. For purposes of this discussion we are talking about “Primary Residence.” If the potential client is current on their mortgage and there are no “other issues” that may impact their status, typically their home would be exempt if they file for bankruptcy. The “other issues” that may impact their homestead protection will be left for another day’s discussion.
Florida’s Homestead Exemption
Saying that a home is exempt may be a little misleading, as there are situations where a home may be 100% exempt and situations where a home may be exempt up to a certain value. In situations where a person has owned and resided in a home for more than 40 months there is typically an unlimited exemption. In situations where a person has owned the home for less than 40 months there is typically an exemption up to $146,450 (individual) and $292,900 (if jointly owned).
If you are interested in learning more about Florida’s Homestead Exemption in Bankruptcy, here are links to the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes that control the issue of Homestead Exemptions in Bankruptcy: Art. 10, § 4(a)(1) of Constitution, Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 222.01, 222.02 & 222.05.
Are you considering filing for bankruptcy?
If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, it is important that you speak with a bankruptcy attorney who can help you evaluate your potential homestead exemption and issues that may impact your exemption status in bankruptcy. Every bankruptcy case is different, so what has worked for one debtor may not necessarily work for another. If you are in Miami-Dade County or Broward County, Florida, please feel free to contact us to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your specific situation.
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