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Wisconsin Bankruptcy Laws

Homestead

The principle place of residence of the debtor including condominium, mobile home, house trailer or cooperative up to the extent of $ 40,000.

Professional tools

Equipment, inventory, farm products and professional books used in business of debtor or dependent exempted up to the extent of $ 7,500.

Household goods

Household goods and furniture, wearing apparels, keepsakes, jewelry, musical instruments, books, fire arms any personal property held primarily for the debtor himself/herself or any dependent up to the extent of $ 5,000.

Life insurance

Debtor's aggregate interest in accrued dividends, loan value on unmatured life insurance contracts owned by the debtor and insuring the debtor or his/her dependent up to the extent of $ 150,000.

Automobile

Motor vehicle up to the extent of $ 1,200.

Wages

The greater among 75% or 30 times the federal minimum wage.

Personal depository accounts

Personal depository accounts except business accounts are exempted up to the extent of $ 1,000.

Claims

Life insurance, personal injury or wrongful death claims are exempted up the extent of 100% but up the limit of $ 25,000 for certain personal injury claims.

Total or Absolute Exemptions for

  • Federal disability insurance benefits.
  • Fire and casualty insurance proceeds on exempt property for two years after exempt receipt.
  • Unmatured life insurance contracts except credit life insurance.
  • War pensions.
  • Tuition units.
  • College saving accounts.
  • Public employee's retirement benefits.
  • Social services benefits.
  • Fraternity benefits society benefits.
  • Crime victim's awards.
  • Public employee's trust fund.
  • Veteran's benefit.
  • Unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Specific partnership benefits.
  • City employee's retirement benefits.
  • Tenant's interest in Housing Corporation.

Wisconsin Western District Court (United States Seventh Circuit)

Court's Address

120 North Henry Street Madison WI 53703-2559

Court's Phone Number

(608) 264-5178

Court's Email Address

feedback@wiwb.uscourts.gov

Court's Hours

800 AM - 430 PM

Western District of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Divisional Office

Court's Address

500 South Barstow Street; Eau Claire, WI 54702

Court's Phone Number

(715) 839-2980

Court's Hours

800 AM - 430 PM

Jurisdictional Counties

Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Richland, Rock, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sauk, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempe-aleau, Vernon, Vilas, Washburn, Wood

Court Locations

Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison, Wausau

Judges

Hon. Thomas S. Utschig (U.S. Bankruptcy Court)500 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701(715) 839-2985Hon. Robert D. Martin (Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)P.O. Box 548
Madison, WI 53701(608) 264-5188

Clerks

Diana Rahn (Deputy in Charge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)P.O. Box 548 Madison, WI 53701-0548(608) 264-5178 x5754Marcia C. Anderson (Bankruptcy Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)P.O. Box 548 Madison, WI 53701-0548(608) 264-5178

Wisconsin Eastern District Court (United States Seventh Circuit)

Court's Address

Room 126, U.S. Courthouse, 517 East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202-4581

Court's Phone Number

414-297-3291

Court's Email Address

webteam_wieb@wieb.uscourts.gov

Court's Hours

Monday to Friday (830 A.M. to 430 P.M.)

Jurisdictional Counties

Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Shawano, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago

Court Locations

Green Bay, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine

Judges

Hon. James E. Shapiro (U.S. Bankruptcy Court)517 E. Wisconsin Ave., #140
Milwaukee, WI 53202(414) 297-3291 x3201Hon. Margaret D. McGarity (Chief Judge, U.S. Courthouse)517 E. Wisconsin Ave., #162
Milwaukee, WI 53202(414) 297-3291 x3203Hon. Pamela Pepper (U.S. Courthouse)517 E. Wisconsin Ave., #140
Milwaukee, WI 53202(414) 297-3291 x3211Hon. Susan V. Kelley (U.S. Courthouse)517 E. Wisconsin Ave., #162
Milwaukee, WI 53202(414) 297-3291 x3202

Clerks

Christopher L. Austin (Bankruptcy Clerk)P.O. Box 548 Madison, WI 53701-0548(608) 264-5178 x5754Marcia C. Anderson (Bankruptcy Clerk)126 U.S. Courthouse 517 East Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202(414) 297-3291 x3204

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