Notice: As a part of OVLG's preventive measures on COVID-19 outbreak, our office will remain operational with reduced staff from home. You may face issues with the phone due to routing issues or get delayed response. So we prefer that you send us an email or make a support request for assistance. For new clients, please use our chat system.

South Carolina Bankruptcy Laws


Personal property including home in a cooperative, used as residence by debtor or a dependent including a burial plot up to the extent of $ 5000 Or $ 10,000 for joint filers. $ 1000 cash or liquid assets for the person not claiming homestead exemption.


One Motor Vehicle exempted up to the extent of $ 1,200.

Household Goods:

Wearing apparel, appliances, pets, books, musical instruments or crops up to the extent of $ 2,500.


Personal or household jewelry of the debtor and dependent are exempted up to the extent of $ 500.

Benefits out of Unmatured Life Insurance:

Dividends, Accrued Interest, Loan value of unmatured life insurance contract insuring debtor or person dependent of the debtor up to the extent of $ 4,000.

Total or Absolute Exemptions for:

  • Prescribed health aids of debtors or dependent.
  • ERISA qualified pension plan benefits.
  • Earnings from personal services.
  • Fraternal Benefits and Personal Benefits.
  • Workmen's compensation Benefits.
  • State Retirement System Benefits.
  • General Assembly Retirement Benefits.
  • Firemen's Pension Benefits.
  • Specific Partnership Property

Court's Address:

J. Bratton DavisUnited States Bankruptcy Courthouse1100 Laurel Street Columbia, SC 29201

Court's Phone Number:


Court's Email Address:

Court's Hours:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday-Friday)

Jurisdictional Counties:

All Counties

Court Locations:

Charleston, Columbia, Spartanburg


:Hon. David R. DuncanP.O. Box 1448 Columbia, SC 29202(803) 765-5657Hon. Helen Elizabeth BurrisP.O. Box 1448 Columbia, SC 29202(803) 591-5315Hon. John E. Waites (Chief Judge)P.O. Box 1448 Columbia, SC 29202(803) 253-3036


: Tammi M. Hellwig (Bankruptcy Clerk)1100 Laurel St. Columbia, SC 29202(803) 765-5120

Last Updated on: Thu, 25 Aug 2016