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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

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