Sabine Parish, LA Bankruptcy Law

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Filing Bankruptcy In Sabine Parish, LA

While bankruptcy is federal law, many aspects, like exemptions involve state law, and —in the case of the means test — each county in Louisiana is assigned its own housing expense standards.

We're here to help you navigate these layers of federal, state, and local rules that come into play when you file bankruptcy in Sabine Parish, LA.

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How to File 

Means Test

  • Free Means Test Calculator: Are you eligible for Chapter 7? This calculator will help you find out. Online since 2006. Updated with May 15, 2024 income & expense standards. 
  • Local Standards:  Louisiana and Sabine Parish: Every state and county differs.
  • Line by Line Help Just the bits you need when needed. 

Bankruptcy Court


Louisiana Bankruptcy Exemptions

  • Schedule C:  The form where you claim your property as exempt.
  • Federal Bankruptcy (§522) Exemptions: 19 states allow you to use the Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions listed in 11 USC § 522. The remaining states have "opted out" and only allow you to use the state law exemptions. 
    • Can use the Federal Bankruptcy (§522) exemptions in Louisiana? 

      No. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13:3881(B)(1)

  • Louisiana Exemptions
  • Real Estate
    • Your Home (Louisiana Homestead Exemption): 
      • Property you occupy to $35,000 (if debt is result of catastrophic or terminal illness or injury, limit is full value of property as of 1 year before filing); cannot exceed 5 acres in city or town, 200 acres elsewhere (husband & wife may not double)

  • Personal Property:
    • Car/Truck/Van: Most states explicitly exempt motor vehicles. In some states, it's pretty generous. 
      • $7,500
        $7,500 of equity in a motor vehicle modified for disability

    • Tools of Your Trade: From delivery vans to shop tools, most states allow you to exempt tools you use for your work, up to a certain amount.
    • Wildcard
      • None

  • Financial Accounts & Cash

Types of Debt

  • Secured Debts: Bankruptcy doesn't get rid of secured debts, but in some cases, it can greatly reduce them. When you file, you'll be asked what you plan to do about your secured debts. Your options are:  -
    • Surrender: Give back the property and wipe out any remaining deficiency balance in bankruptcy. 
    • Redeem: - Come up with the cash to buy the property outright at its current value.. 
    • Reaffirm: - Keep the arrangement you have, and leave this debt unaffected by your bankruptcy.
    • Common Types of Secured Debts:
  • Unsecured Debts: Most unsecured debts, like credit cards and medical debts, can be discharged in bankruptcy.
    • Credit Card Debt
    • Medical Debt
    • Personal Loans
    • Payday loans
  • Unsecured Debts that require extra steps:

Lawyers Near Me


Note: This website is updated as time permits. It is up to you to contact your local court and confirm and update any information you need. Information is not advice. See a bankruptcy lawyer for advice about how the law relates to your situation.




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