West Virginia Bankruptcy Laws

Homestead

Homestead exemption is up to $ 25,000 including a cooperative used as a residence by debtor or a dependent.

Automobile

One motor vehicle up to the extent of $ 2,400.

Personal Property

Chosen personal property up the extent of $ 800.

Household Goods

Furniture, toys, animals, appliances, books and wearing apparel, musical instruments are exempted up to the exempt of $ 8,000 aggregate and $ 400 per item.

Life insurance

Accrued interest on any unmatured life interest wherein the insured is the debtor or a person of whom the debtor is dependent are exempted up the extent of $ 8,000.

Professional tools

Professional books and tools of trade are exempted up to the extent of $ 1,500.

Jewelry

Jewelry held primarily for personal, family is exempted up to the extent of $ 1,000.

Personal Injury

Payments on account of personal injury is exempted up to $ 15,000 wherein pain and sufferings are not included.

Alimony or Support

Alimony or support maintenance is exempted up to a reasonable extent.

Total or Absolute Exemptions for

  • Professionally prescribed health aids of debtor or dependents.
  • Social security benefits.
  • Unemployment compensation.
  • Public assistance benefits.
  • Veteran's benefit.
  • Disability benefits.
  • Fire insurance proceeds for coverage of exempt properties.
  • Unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Disability insurance benefits.
  • Illness benefits.
  • Unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Crime victim's reparation law awards.

West Virginia Northern District Court (United States Fourth Circuit)

Court's Address

P.O. Box 70, Wheeling, WV 26003

Court's Phone Number

304-233-1655

Court's Email Address

wvnb_ecfhelp@wvnb.uscourts.gov

Court's Hours

Monday-Friday (830AM - 500PM)

Jurisdictional Counties

Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jeffersson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendelton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel

Court Locations

Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling

Judges

Hon. Patrick M. Flatley (U.S. Bankruptcy Court)12th and Chapline St. Wheeling, WV 26003(304) 233-1655

Clerks

Michael D. Sturm (Bankruptcy Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)12th and Chapline St.
Wheeling, WV 26003(304) 233-1655

West Virginia Southern District Court (United States Fourth Circuit)

Court's Address

Robert C. Byrd U.S. Federal Courthouse 300 Virginia St. East, Room 3200 Charleston, WV 25301

Court's Phone Number

(304) 347-3003

Court's Email Address

wvnb_ecfhelp@wvnb.uscourts.gov

Court's Hours

830 am - 500 pm

Jurisdictional Counties

Boone, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne, Webster, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

Court Locations

Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg

Judges

Hon. Ronald G. Pearson (U.S. Bankruptcy Court)300 Virginia St. E., Room 3200 Charleston, WV 25301(304) 347-3238

Clerks

M. J. Proops (Bankruptcy Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)300 Virginia St. E., Room 3200 Charleston, WV 25301(304) 347-3011

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