Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions

You May Choose State or Federal Exemptions

Wisconsin created bankruptcy exemptions to allow you to maintain enough public benefits, wages, personal property, and insurance to start over after filing bankruptcy. In the state of Wisconsin, you may choose either the state of Wisconsin bankruptcy exemption list or the federal bankruptcy list if you are filing for Chapter 7. If you choose the Wisconsin bankruptcy list, there may be certain federal supplemental exemptions you can use too.

In Chapter 7, you will be appointed a bankruptcy trustee who has the authority to see your non-exempt property to pay back your creditors. They cannot, however, sell any non-exempt property, such as retirement accounts. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you should discuss exemptions with your Wisconsin bankruptcy attorney.

Contact Price Law Group online or call (866)210-1722 to make an appointment for a free initial consultation with a Wisconsin bankruptcy exemption attorney. We are ready to help you!

The table below outlines bankruptcy exemptions in Wisconsin. Some of your property or assets may not have a matching exemption. If you have questions, contact Price Law Group today at (866)210-1722.

Exemptions Exemption Amount Statutes
Homestead Property you occupy or intend to occupy to $40,000; sale proceeds exempt for 2 years from sale if you plan to obtain another home ( husband and wife may not double) 815.20

Federal disability insurance

Fire proceeds for destroyed exempt property for 2 years from receiving

Fraternal benefit society benefits

Life insurance policy or proceeds to $5000, if beneficiary is a married woman

Life insurance proceeds held in trust by insurer, if clause prohibits proceeds from being used to pay beneficiary’s creditors

Life insurance proceeds if beneficiary was dependent of insured, needed for support

Non-matured life insurance contract, except credit insurance contract, owned by debtor & insuring debtor, dependent of debtor or someone debtor is dependent on

Non-matured life insurance contract’s accrued dividends, interest or loan value (to $4000 total in all contracts), if debtor owns contract & insured is debtor, dependent of debtor or someone debtor is dependent on

815.18(3) (ds)
815.18(3) (e)



815.18(3) (I) (a)

815.18(3) (f)

815.18(3) (f)

Alimony, child support needed for support

Property of business partnership

815.18(3) ( c)

Public Benefits

Crime victims’ compensation

Social Service payments

Unemployment compensation

Veterans benefits

Workers’ compensation

45.35(8) (b)

Personal Property

Burial provisions

Deposit accounts to $1000

Household goods and furnishings, clothing, keepsakes, jewelry, appliances, books, musical instruments, firearms, sporting goods, animals and other tangible property held for personal, family or household use to $5000 total

Lost future earnings recoveries, needed for support

Motor vehicles to $1200 (plus unused portion of household furnishing exemption)
Personal injury recoveries to $25,000

Tenant’s lease or stock interest in housing co-op, to homestead amount
Wages used to purchase savings bonds

Wrongful death recoveries, needed for support

815.18(3) (a)
815.18(3) (k)
815.18(3) (d)

815.18(3) (I) (d)
815.18(3) (g)

815.18(3) (I) (c)


20.921(1) (e)

815.18(3) (I) (b)

Certain municipal employees

Firefighters, police officers who worked in city with population over 150,000

Military pensions

Private or public retirement benefits

Public employees

815.18(3) (ef)

815.18(3) (n)
815.18(3) (j)

Tools of the Trade Equipment, inventory, farm products, books and tools of trade to $7500 total 815.18(3) (b)
Wages 75% of earned but unpaid wages; bankruptcy judge may authorize more for low-income debtors 815.18(3) (h)
Wildcard None
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