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Maine Bankruptcy Exemptions

If you are contemplating filing for personal bankruptcy, but fear that you will lose everything in the process, you need not fear any longer. The laws in Maine allow you to keep certain items of property when you seek to discharge debt under Chapter 7. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney can carefully explain what assets are exempt from liquidation so that you can make an informed decision about whether bankruptcy is right for you.

At the office of attorney Perry O’Brian, we bring more than 36 years of personal and business bankruptcy experience to clients throughout the northern district of Maine. We have a comprehensive understanding of what you can keep in a Chapter 7 petition, as well as what debts you can permanently discharge. We strive at all times to make the process as simple as possible. We make certain you fully understand your rights and options so that you can make the right decisions to protect your future.

What Can I Keep in a Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, you can permanently discharge certain debts in exchange for the sale of some of your assets. The first concern many people have involves what property may be kept and what must be sold. At our office, we carefully explain the rules in Maine before you file so that you can make an intelligent decision about whether bankruptcy is right for you. The rules regarding what property is exempt from sale vary from state to state.

Some of the exemptions in Maine include:

  • Up to $46,500 per debtor for your home ($95,000 if you are over 60 or disabled)
  • Up to $5,000 per debtor for a vehicle
  • A $400 “wild card” for personal property of your own choosing
  • Up to $200 per item for household goods and clothing
  • $5,000 in tools of the trade
  • Retirement plans and IRAs subject to certain limits

When you meet with us, we conduct exemptions planning before you file, helping you maximize the value of assets exempted from sale.

Contact the Law Office of Perry O’Brian

To learn more about your Maine bankruptcy exemptions, contact us online or call our office at 207-942-4697 or toll-free at 877-900-9857. We offer installment payment plans for bankruptcy services so that you can more effectively manage the expense. Our offices are easy to locate in downtown Bangor.


Perry O’Brian is a Member Of: The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

The Law Office of Perry O’Brian is a federally designated Debt Relief Agency under the United States Bankruptcy Laws. We proudly assist people with finding solutions to their debt problems, including, where appropriate, assisting them with the filing of petitions for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.