Tools of Trade Exemptions

California Tools of Trade Exemptions

Most states allow an exemption for "tools of trade or profession"... this can include tools, books, even vehicles. Sometimes can be an alternative to the motor vehicle exemption.
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California Homestead Exemption
 
California Wage Garnishment Exemption

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Last Reviewed: Thu, Aug 27, 2020

Tools of Trade Exemptions — State System

California Law Tools of Trade Exemptions

California Exemption System 1

California Exemption System 2

Federal non-bankrupcty Tools of Trade Exemptions

Tools of Trade Exemptions — Federal System § 522(d)

Can California debtors use the Federal Bankruptcy exemptions instead of California exemptions?

No. Federal exemptions not available. Instead, California has two systems of exemptions, one of which closely mirrors the federal scheme. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 703.130 

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,
  • or
  • if your state allows the Federal exemptions as a choice.

 

Jurisdictional relevance: There are versions of this article for each State.
Selected State: California
California Homestead Exemption
 
California Wage Garnishment Exemption
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