Michigan Homestead Exemption
Real property including condo to $40,475, $60,725 if elderly or disabled; property cannot exceed 1 lot in town, village, city, or 40 acres elsewhere; spouse or children of deceased owner may claim homestead exemption. Spouses or unmarried co-owners may not double.
NOTE: Residency Requirement Caps Maximum Homestead at $160,375 if you've recently moved to a State that allows more than that
Under the 2005 bankruptcy law, you must be have lived in the state for at least 40 months (3 years + 4 months) before you can claim any homestead protection greater than $160,375. (If your state's exemption offers less than this amount, the law is irrelevant to you.) .
Federal Non-Bankruptcy Homestead Exemptions (available in every State)
These are exemptions under federal law, and not part of the bankruptcy code, so states cannot "opt out" from these exemptions.-
US Bankruptcy Code § 522(d) Homestead Exemption
Can a Michigan debtor use the Federal Bankruptcy exemptions instead of Michigan exemptions?
Yes. Michigan residents can use the Federal or State exemption systems.
Michigan has passed a special set of exemptions designed only to be used in bankruptcy cases (found in Section 600.5451). Although debtors can use the the exemptions in Michigan's "bankruptcy only" exemption statute, as well as ANY OTHER exemptions found in other Michigan statutes, such as exemptions for life insurance. (See In re Sasasak, 426 B.R. 680.)
The Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions under 11 U.S.C. § 522(d) are available to you if
- you haven't lived in any state longer than 180 days for a while,
- if your state allows the Federal exemptions as a choice.
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