Arkansas Bankruptcy

Arkansas State Bankruptcy Laws

What are the Arkansas Bankruptcy Exemptions?

Arkansas law protects all or a portion of your property from being seized by creditors or the bankruptcy trustee in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you are generally allowed to keep all of your assets and property. Certain exceptions may apply, so it’s wise to consult with an Arkansas bankruptcy attorney to find which of your assets will be protected in a bankruptcy filed in Arkansas. In general, the major Arkansas bankruptcy exemptions include:

Real Estate (the Homestead Exemption)
1/4 acre in an urban setting or 80 acres in a rural setting with an unlimited value may be protected.A provision in the new bankruptcy law caps the homestead exemption at $125,000 if you have not lived in the state for at least 40 months prior to the time you file a bankruptcy petition. In some situations, the cap may be permanent. You should consult with an Arkansas bankruptcy attorney for specific information.
Other Property
All clothing, regardless of value may be protected. An additional $500 for all other property for those that are married or head of household and an additional $200 for all other property for those that are single may be also be protected. In Arkansas, you have the choice of electing the federal exemption statutes rather than the Arkansas state exemptions. Consult with an Arkansas bankruptcy attorney for more details.
View the complete list of Arkansas bankruptcy exemptions

Please remember that this page provides general information only, and is not intended to provide legal advice. The information is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified bankruptcy attorney. If you need legal assistance, consult an attorney.

Which state’s exemption laws apply in your bankruptcy?

Generally, the laws of the state in which you lived for the 730 days (2 years) prior to filing a bankruptcy petition will apply in your bankruptcy.

If you have not lived in the same state for the 2 years immediately prior to filing your bankruptcy petition, the laws of the state in which you lived for the majority of the 180-day period preceding the 2-year period will likely apply.

If application of the preceding general rules renders you ineligible for exemptions under any state’s laws, you may be allowed to choose the federal exemptions applicable in your bankruptcy.

Is Arkansas a community property state?

No, Arkansas is not a community property state. Because it is not a community property state, you will be responsible for your spouse’s debts only if you voluntarily assumed those debts by, for example, co-signing on a loan given to your spouse. In a non-community property state, one spouse can file for bankruptcy and be eligible to eliminate all of their unsecured debts without the involvement of the other spouse.

Did your senator vote in favor of the new bankruptcy laws?

Following years of intense lobbying by creditors, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). How did your Senators vote on these largely pro-creditor provisions?

Lincoln (R-AR) — YEA
Pryor (R-AR) — YEA

Arkansas Bankruptcy Court Locations:

Office of the Clerk
U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse
300 West 2nd Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 918-5500

Divisional Office
Federal Building Room 316

35 E. Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 582-9800

Note: You may not have to actually go to one of the above bankruptcy courts. Trustees often conduct your meeting at a local venue.

Although bankruptcy is federal law, the bankruptcy courts in each jurisdiction have local rules that must be followed. A local bankruptcy attorney will be familiar with the specific rules in your area.

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