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Protecting Your Assets: Exemptions and Judgements / Collections

An exemption is a certain dollar amount of certain types of property that a borrower is allowed to keep when his creditors are suing him and trying to get their money, or when he files a bankruptcy. These amounts can be very important in determining whether you file bankruptcy, what will happen if you do, and which type you should file.

Exemptions are different in each state. They are listed in the code of laws in a special code section, or law. Think

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