Nebraska Homestead Exemption
Almost every state provides protection for equity in the family home, and many states have increased the amount of protection in recent years. Seven states offer unlimited protection. Most states are not as generous.
New Federal Residency Requirement
Under the new bankruptcy law, you must be have lived in the state for at least 40 months (three years and four 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.) The law is poorly worded but seems to say that if you move from one home to another in the same state, you can claim that state's homestead protection.
- NE Exemptions
- $60,000 for head of family or unmarried person age 65 or older; cannot exceed 2 lots in city or village, 160 acres elsewhere; sale proceeds exempt 6 months after sale (husband & wife may not double)
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 40-111
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 40-113
- May record homestead declaration
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 40-105
Home Valuation tool
Just add your street address to get an estimate of the value of your house, and all others in your neighborhood. (Note: Does not serve all areas, and valuations are imperfect estimates only.)
Nebraska Insurance exemptions
Virtually all states protect life insurance proceeds in some manner or another. Some restrict it to proceeds paid to a dependent. Many states also protect the cash-value or loan-value of insurance policies.
If a substantial amount of your assets are in life insurance, you may want to consult a professional to determine the extent to which those policies are exempt.
Miscellaneous other exemptions for Nebraska
Nebraska Pensions & Retirement Savings Exemptions
The new federal bankruptcy law now automatically exempts a virtually all tax-exempt pensions and retirement savings accounts from bankruptcy, even if you are using state law exemptions. 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(C). (See Help Topic: Special Rules For Retirement Accounts.)
The law protects up to $1,283,025 of any pension or retirement fund that qualifies forspecial tax treatment under Internal Revenue Code sections 401,402, 403, 408, 408A, 414, 457, or 501(a).
- County employees
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 23-2322
- Deferred compensation of public employees
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 48-1401
- IRAs, Roth IRAs & ERISA-qualified benefits needed for support
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1563.01
- Military disability benefits to $2,000
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1559
- School employees
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 79-948
- State employees
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-1324
Nebraska Personal Property Exemptions
This category covers your car, your non-retirement bank accounts, and most of your other personal possessions, other than your house.
States vary widely on how generous they are in this area. Some exemptions may be for any combination of property up to an aggregate amount. Other exemptions apply only to specific items, such as jewelry.
Remember that an exemption will not protect your car from being repossessed by the holder of the car loan you used to purchase the vehicle if you pledged the vehicle as security for the loan. To keep the car, you will have to pursue other options such as 'redemption' or 'reaffirmation.' See the help topics and How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for more on this.
- Burial plot
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 12-517
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 12-520
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 12-506
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556 (2)
- Crypts, lots, tombs, niches, vaults
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 12-605
- Furniture, household goods & appliances, household electronics, personal computers, books, & musical instruments to $1,500
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556 (3)
- Health aids
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556 (5)
- Motor vehicle if used to commute to work (as part of $2,400 tools of trade exemption)
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556 (4)
- Perpetual care funds
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 12-511
- Personal injury recoveries
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1563.02
- Personal possessions
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1556 (1)
Auto Valuation Tools:
Both of these websites offer interactive tools to determine the current value of your used car.
Nebraska Public Benefits Exemptions
Most states exempt public benefits, consistent with the notion that such benefits are intended as a safety net for the recipient.
Nebraska Tools of Trade Exemptions
These are the things you use to make a living. An automobile or truck can be a tool of trade if you use it as such. Commuting to work doesn't count, but if driving is a necessary component of transacting your business, you can claim your vehicle is a tool of trade.
Nebraska Wage Garnishment Laws
Most states have a wage garnishment law. In some states, wage garnishment laws can be used in bankruptcy as an exemption to protect income that you had coming due, but not yet received, as of the day you filed, for work you had already done -- so called "earned but unpaid wages".
In some states, the wage garnishment law protects not only wages owed to you, but also wages already in your possession and saved over time preferably holding it in a separate bank account. In other states wage garnishment laws do not protect wages once they are they are in your possession.
- Minimum 85% of earned but unpaid weekly disposable earnings or pension payments for head of family; minimum 75% of earned but unpaid weekly disposable earnings, or 30 times the federal hourly minimum wage, whichever is greater, for all others; bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1558
Nebraska Wild Card Exemption
Most, but not all, states allow a so-called "wild-card" exemption that can apply to any property. The wild card exemption can be of particular help if one or more of your other exemptions falls short of protecting your equity. You may split your wild card exemption amount over multiple items and stack it atop other exemptions as needed to protect exposed equity.
- $2,500 of any personal property, except wages, in lieu of homestead
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1552