In Illinois you can "exempt" or "protect" certain personal property when filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. A personal Injury case can be protected up to $15,000.00. That means the Bankruptcy Trustee would have the ability to recover any settlement over and above $15,0000. You would keep the first $15,000 and the Bankruptcy Trustee would take anything over that amount. It's best to discuss likely settlement figures with your Personal Injury Attorney and put them in touch with your Bankruptcy Attorney before filing a case.
Consult with a bankruptcy lawyer and inform your lawyer handling your injury claim.
Generally, this should be exempt. But contact a lawyer to confirm.
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You need to check with an ILL bankruptcy attorney and your personal injury attorney. I am not a bankruptcy attorney, and only licensed in California, but I know that it usually is listed in the BK petition.
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
Consult with a bankruptcy lawyer about this. It is important to coordinate your actions as between your personal injury case and a potential bankrutcy. I anticipate that bankruptcy counsel will tell you that your personal injury claims are an asset that would be dealt with in the event of bankruptcy. I hope this helps. Good luck.
It is,imply an asset, subject to exemptions. You need to have your injury lawyer coordinate things with your bankruptcy lawyer.
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just a word of caution. I read a case that said if you fail to list the PI case as part of the BK, you could lose the entire PI claim. Your PI and BK attorneys will know the rules.
Good luck to you
I am licensed to practice law only in Illinois. Any advice that I render is for general information purposes and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also it is very important to keep in mind that all legal claims have statues of limitation to file that cannot be missed. A local attorney should be consulted to learn the time limits applicable to a particular claim.