Maine Statutory Exemptions and Homestead

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Maine Statutory Exemptions and Homestead

Postby Jay » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:00 pm

ME has opted out of the federal bankruptcy exemptions. However, certain federal bankruptcy exemptions may apply anyway, see Fn. 1.

Exemption for Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans, IRAs & Roth IRAs, see Fn. 2: Limited to to the extent reasonably necessary for support, per Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Tit. 14, § 4422(13)(E)

Homestead Exemption, see Fn. 3: $35,000 / $70,000 if minor dependents, per 14 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 4422(1)

Exemption for Life Insurance Cash Value from Claims of Policyowner's Creditors, see Fn. 4: Interest of beneficiary in proceeds and avails 100% protected. Interest of owner protected up to $4,000, per 14 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 4422(10) and (11)

Exemption for (Non-IRA / Non-ERISA) Annuity Cash Value and Payments from Claims of Owner's Creditors, see Fn. 5: $450/month per 24-A Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 2428 and 2431

Explanations and Cautions

Fn. 1. State Opt-Out

The federal bankruptcy laws provide their own creditor exemptions. However, states may "opt out" of the federal exemptions and instead require that debtors filing for bankruptcy in a federal bankruptcy district within that state apply the state exemptions instead. Note, however, that some federal bankruptcy provisions will always trump contrary state law no matter what.

Fn. 2. Exemption for Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans, IRAs & Roth IRAs

See more important discussion on ERISA Protection at viewtopic.php?f=105&t=1175 and for IRAs and Qualified Accounts at viewtopic.php?f=78&t=1176

Federal Bankruptcy-Only Exemption for Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans, IRAs & Roth IRAs: 100% exclusion for ERISA qualified plans; 100% exemption for SEP-IRA and SIMPLE IRA with no cap; 100% exemption for IRAs and Roth IRAs with $1MM cap (cap does not apply to rollover IRAs), per 11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(12).

Fn. 3. Homestead

See important discussion of the Homestead Exemption at viewtopic.php?f=76&t=261&p=269#p269

Federal Bankruptcy-Only Homestead Exemption: $20,200 per 11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(1).

Fn. 4. Exemption for Life Insurance Cash Value from Claims of Policyowner's Creditors

See important discussion of Life Insurance Exemptions at viewtopic.php?f=77&t=1173

Federal Bankruptcy-Only Exemption for Life Insurance Cash Value from Claims of Policyowner's Creditors: $10,775 per 11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(8)

Fn. 5. Exemption for (Non-IRA / Non-ERISA) Annuity Cash Value and Payments from Claims of Owner's Creditors

See important discussion of Annuity Exemptions at viewtopic.php?f=77&t=1174

Federal Bankruptcy-Only Exemption for (Non-IRA / Non-ERISA) Annuity Cash Value and Payments from Claims of Owner's Creditors: Payments from an annuity on account of illness, disability, death, age, or length of service are exempt to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and dependents, per 11 U.S.C. § 522(d)(10)(E).

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