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Retirement accounts that are recognized by the IRS are exempt by law in bankruptcy up to over a million dollars. State law may provide additional protection for specific kinds of pensions, under state law.
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.
The Federal Government adjusts Federal exemption amounts every three years. Does your state adjust exemption amounts?