Illinois Homestead Exemption
Real or personal property including a farm, lot, & buildings, condo, co-op, or mobile home to $15,000 (husband and wife may double); sale proceeds exempt for 1 year
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 Illinois debtor use the Federal Bankruptcy exemptions instead of Illinois exemptions?
No. 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/12-1201
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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