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California chapter 7 bankruptcy. Can I use the CA exemption system to protect my property out of state?

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Yes, providing that you are otherwise "qualified" to use the California exemptions. I would certainly recommend seeking experienced counsel as this is an area where many debtors go wrong.



My comment here does not create an attorney client relationship with you. I am a debt relief agency. I help people file for bankruptcy under the United States Bankruptcy Code.


Maybe ... if you resided in CA two years ago (to oversimplify the rule a bit), you can use the CA exemptions.

Steven Keith Brumer

Steven Keith Brumer


Yes. If you meet the residency requirements and nobody objects as a host of other what ifs but generally if you're entitled to use the CA exemptions then they apply toward the protection of out of state property which was I think the focus of the question. Not whether the debtor was entitled to the CA exemptions.


Yes, provided you are eligible to use California exemptions. You have to be a resident for a period of 2 years before a debtor can use the exemptions of the State where they reside. In California we have to sets of exemptions 704 and 703. Provided you are eligible you can use either the exemptions in set 703s or 704s, BUT NOT BOTH. I hope you know what you are doing it doesn't necessarily get easier from there. Good luck. :-)

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As the others have pointed out, the answer is yes assuming you are otherwise eligible to use California's exemptions. The concept you are referring to here is known as extraterritoriality. Not all states allow the transporting of their exemptions to other states, but California does.

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