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Title 15 - Civil Remedies and Procedures

CHAPTER 41.

HOMESTEAD AND OTHER EXEMPTIONS

ARTICLE 1.

HOMESTEAD AND OTHER EXEMPTIONS

SECTION 15-41-10. Minimum bid when selling property subject to exemption.

When selling property in which a debtor has an exemption as provided in Section 15-41-30, the sheriff or other officer conducting the sale, in the advertisement of the sale, also shall state that the minimum bid for the property must be in the amount of the exemption and no bid less than the amount of exemption may be accepted.

SECTION 15-41-20. Exempted amounts collected to be deposited with clerk of court.

Any exempted amounts collected by the sheriff or other officer pursuant to Section 15-41-30 must be deposited with the clerk of court in the county where the amounts are collected. Any person requesting disbursement of these funds shall petition the court of common pleas.

SECTION 15-41-30. Property exempt from attachment, levy, and sale.

The following real and personal property of a debtor domiciled in this State is exempt from attachment, levy, and sale under any mesne or final process issued by any court or bankruptcy proceeding:

(1) The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed five thousand dollars in value, in real property or personal property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, in a cooperative that owns property that the debtor or a dependent of the debtor uses as a residence, or in a burial plot for the debtor or a dependent of the debtor, except that the aggregate value of multiple homestead exemptions allowable with respect to a single living unit may not exceed ten thousand dollars. If there are multiple owners of such a living unit exempt as a homestead, the value of the exemption of each individual owner may not exceed his fractional portion of ten thousand dollars.

(2) The debtor's interest, not to exceed one thousand two hundred dollars in value, in one motor vehicle.

(3) The debtor's interest, not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars in aggregate value in household furnishings, household goods, wearing apparel, appliances, books, animals, crops, or musical instruments, that are held primarily for the personal, family, or household use of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.

(4) The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed five hundred dollars in value, in jewelry held primarily for the personal, family, or household use of the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.

(5) The debtor's aggregate interest in cash and other liquid assets to the extent of a value not exceeding one thousand dollars, except that this exemption is available only to an individual who does not claim a homestead exemption. The term "liquid assets" includes deposits, securities, notes, drafts, unpaid earnings not otherwise exempt, accrued vacation pay, refunds, prepayments, and other receivables.

(6) The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars in value, in any implements, professional books, or tools of the trade of the debtor or the trade of a dependent of the debtor.

(7) Any unmatured life insurance contract owned by the debtor, other than a credit life insurance contract.

(8) The debtor's aggregate interest, not to exceed in value four thousand dollars less any amount of property of the estate transferred in the manner specified in Section 542(d) of the Bankruptcy Code of 1978, in any accrued dividend or interest under, or loan value of, any unmatured life insurance contract owned by the debtor under which the insured is the debtor or an individual of whom the debtor is a dependent.

(9) Professionally prescribed health aids for the debtor or a dependent of the debtor.

(10) The debtor's right to receive:

(A) a social security benefit, unemployment compensation, or a local public assistance benefit;

(B) a veteran's benefit;

(C) a disability benefit, except as provided in Section 15-41-33, or an illness or unemployment benefit;

(D) alimony, support, or separate maintenance;

(E) a payment under a stock bonus, pension, profit sharing, annuity, or similar plan or contract on account of illness, disability, death, age, or length of service, unless

(i) the plan or contract was established by or under the auspices of an insider that employed the debtor at the time the debtor's rights under the plan or contract arose;

(ii) the payment is on account of age or length of service; and

(iii) the plan or contract does not qualify under Sections 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), or 409 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), or 409).

(11) The debtor's right to receive or property that is traceable to:

(A) an award under a crime victim's reparation law;

(B) a payment on account of the bodily injury of the debtor or of the wrongful death or bodily injury of another individual of whom the debtor was or is a dependent;

(C) a payment under a life insurance contract that insured the life of an individual of whom the debtor was a dependent on the date of that individual's death, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor.

(12) The debtor's right to receive individual retirement accounts as described in Sections 408(a) and 408A of the Internal Revenue Code, individual retirement annuities as described in Section 408(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, and accounts established as part of a trust described in Section 408(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor. A claimed exemption may be reduced or eliminated by the amount of a fraudulent conveyance into the individual retirement account or other plan. For purposes of this item, "Internal Revenue Code" has the meaning provided in Section 12-6-40(A).

(13) The debtor's interest in a pension plan qualified under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.

SECTION 15-41-33. Limits on applicability of exemption in Section 15-41-30(10)(C).

The exemption for a disability benefit provided in Section 15-41-30(10)(C) does not apply with regard to a levy or execution of a judgment authorized by Section 17-25-323 or Section 17-25-325.

SECTION 15-41-35. Exempt property.

No individual may exempt from the property of the estate in any bankruptcy proceeding the property specified in 11 U.S.C. Section 522(d) except as may be expressly permitted by this chapter or by other provisions of law of this State.

SECTIONS 15-41-40 to 15-41-130. Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-40. [1962 Code Section 34-4; 1952 Code Section 34-4; 1942 Code Section 9086; 1932 Code Section 9086; Civ. C. '22 Section 5491; Civ. C. '12 Section 3712; Civ. C. '02 Section 2627; G. S. 1995; R. S. 2127; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-50 was entitled: Procedure when premises exceed value of one thousand dollars.

SECTION 15-41-50. [1962 Code Section 34-5; 1952 Code Section 34-5; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-60 was entitled: Premises exceeding value of one thousand dollars; effect of payment of surplus.

SECTION 15-41-60. [1962 Code Section 34-6; 1952 Code Section 34-6; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-70 was entitled: Premises exceeding value of one thousand dollars; debtor's failure to pay surplus.

SECTION 15-41-70. [1962 Code Section 34-7; 1952 Code Section 34-7; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-80 was entitled: Application for setting off homestead when no process has been lodged.

SECTION 15-41-80. [1962 Code Section 34-8; 1952 Code Section 34-8; 1942 Code Section 9094; 1932 Code Section 9094; Civ. C. '22 Section 5499; Civ. C. '12 Section 3720; Civ. C. '02 Section 2635; G. S. 2002; R. S. 2134; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-90 was entitled: Setting off homestead when no process has been lodged.

SECTION 15-41-90. [1962 Code Section 34-9; 1952 Code Section 34-9; 1942 Code Section 9094; 1932 Code Section 9094; Civ. C. '22 Section 5499; Civ. C. '12 Section 3720; Civ. C. '02 Section 2635; G. S. 2002; R. S. 2134; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-100 was entitled: Family homestead exempted when father or mother is dead.

SECTION 15-41-100. [1962 Code Section 34-11; 1952 Code Section 34-11; 1942 Code Section 9088; 1932 Code Section 9088; Civ. C. '22 Section 5493; Civ. C. '12 Section 3714; Civ. C. '02 Section 2629; G. S. 1997; R. S. 2129; 1880 (17) 515]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-110 was entitled: Partition of homestead exempted under Section 15-41-100.

SECTION 15-41-110. [1962 Code Section 34-12; 1952 Code Section 34-12; 1942 Code Section 9088; 1932 Code Section 9088; Civ. C. '22 Section 5493; Civ. C. '12 Section 3714; Civ. C. '02 Section 2629; G. S. 1997; R. S. 2129; 1880 (17) 515]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-120 was entitled: Waiver of homestead.

SECTION 15-41-120. [1962 Code Section 34-13; 1952 Code Section 34-13; 1942 Code Section 9089; 1932 Code Section 9089; Civ. C. '22 Section 5494; Civ. C. '12 Section 3715; Civ. C. '02 Section 2630; G. S. 1998; R. S. 2130; 1880 (17) 515; 1889 (20) 381; 1896 (22) 191] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-130 was entitled: Validation of homesteads set off prior to May 28, 1936 without notice.

SECTION 15-41-130. [1962 Code Section 34-14; 1952 Code Section 34-14; 1942 Code Section 9085; 1932 Code Section 9085; Civ. C. '22 Section 5490; Civ. C. '12 Section 3711; Civ. C. '02 Section 2626; G. S. 1994; R. S. 2126; 1896 (22) 190; 1936 (39) 1594; Const. 1895, Art. 3, Section 28] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTIONS 15-41-40 to 15-41-130. Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-40. [1962 Code Section 34-4; 1952 Code Section 34-4; 1942 Code Section 9086; 1932 Code Section 9086; Civ. C. '22 Section 5491; Civ. C. '12 Section 3712; Civ. C. '02 Section 2627; G. S. 1995; R. S. 2127; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-50 was entitled: Procedure when premises exceed value of one thousand dollars.

SECTION 15-41-50. [1962 Code Section 34-5; 1952 Code Section 34-5; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-60 was entitled: Premises exceeding value of one thousand dollars; effect of payment of surplus.

SECTION 15-41-60. [1962 Code Section 34-6; 1952 Code Section 34-6; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-70 was entitled: Premises exceeding value of one thousand dollars; debtor's failure to pay surplus.

SECTION 15-41-70. [1962 Code Section 34-7; 1952 Code Section 34-7; 1942 Code Section 9087; 1932 Code Section 9087; Civ. C. '22 Section 5492; Civ. C. '12 Section 3713; Civ. C. '02 Section 2628; G. S. 1996; R. S. 2128; 1880 (17) 514]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-80 was entitled: Application for setting off homestead when no process has been lodged.

SECTION 15-41-80. [1962 Code Section 34-8; 1952 Code Section 34-8; 1942 Code Section 9094; 1932 Code Section 9094; Civ. C. '22 Section 5499; Civ. C. '12 Section 3720; Civ. C. '02 Section 2635; G. S. 2002; R. S. 2134; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-90 was entitled: Setting off homestead when no process has been lodged.

SECTION 15-41-90. [1962 Code Section 34-9; 1952 Code Section 34-9; 1942 Code Section 9094; 1932 Code Section 9094; Civ. C. '22 Section 5499; Civ. C. '12 Section 3720; Civ. C. '02 Section 2635; G. S. 2002; R. S. 2134; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-100 was entitled: Family homestead exempted when father or mother is dead.

SECTION 15-41-100. [1962 Code Section 34-11; 1952 Code Section 34-11; 1942 Code Section 9088; 1932 Code Section 9088; Civ. C. '22 Section 5493; Civ. C. '12 Section 3714; Civ. C. '02 Section 2629; G. S. 1997; R. S. 2129; 1880 (17) 515]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-110 was entitled: Partition of homestead exempted under Section 15-41-100.

SECTION 15-41-110. [1962 Code Section 34-12; 1952 Code Section 34-12; 1942 Code Section 9088; 1932 Code Section 9088; Civ. C. '22 Section 5493; Civ. C. '12 Section 3714; Civ. C. '02 Section 2629; G. S. 1997; R. S. 2129; 1880 (17) 515]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-120 was entitled: Waiver of homestead.

SECTION 15-41-120. [1962 Code Section 34-13; 1952 Code Section 34-13; 1942 Code Section 9089; 1932 Code Section 9089; Civ. C. '22 Section 5494; Civ. C. '12 Section 3715; Civ. C. '02 Section 2630; G. S. 1998; R. S. 2130; 1880 (17) 515; 1889 (20) 381; 1896 (22) 191] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-130 was entitled: Validation of homesteads set off prior to May 28, 1936 without notice.

SECTION 15-41-130. [1962 Code Section 34-14; 1952 Code Section 34-14; 1942 Code Section 9085; 1932 Code Section 9085; Civ. C. '22 Section 5490; Civ. C. '12 Section 3711; Civ. C. '02 Section 2626; G. S. 1994; R. S. 2126; 1896 (22) 190; 1936 (39) 1594; Const. 1895, Art. 3, Section 28] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415 Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-200. [Enacted 1981 Act No. 53, Section 2] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

ARTICLE 3.

OTHER EXEMPTIONS [REPEALED]

SECTION 15-41-310. [1962 Code Section 34-41; 1952 Code Section 34-41; 1942 Code Section 9090; 1932 Code Section 9090; Civ. C. '22 Section 5495; Civ. C. '12 Section 3716; Civ. C. '02 Section 2631; G. S. 1999; R. S. 2131; 1896 (22) 192; 1904 (24) 412]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-320. [1962 Code Section 34-42; 1952 Code Section 34-42; 1942 Code Section 9094; 1932 Code Section 9094; Civ. C. '22 Section 5499; Civ. C. '12 Section 3720; Civ. C. '02 Section 2635; G. S. 2002; R. S. 2134; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415,Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

ARTICLE 5.

PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO BOTH HOMESTEAD AND OTHER EXEMPTIONS [REPEALED]

SECTION 15-41-410. [1962 Code Section 34-61; 1952 Code Section 34-61; 1942 Code Section 9091; 1932 Code Section 9091; Civ. C. '22 Section 5496; Civ. C. '12 Section 3717; Civ. C. '02 Section 2632; G. S. 2000; R. S. 2132; 1880 (17) 516]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415,Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-420. [1962 Code Section 34-62; 1952 Code Section 34-62; 1942 Code Section 9092; 1932 Code Section 9092; Civ. C. '22 Section 5497; Civ. C. '12 Section 3718; Civ. C. '02 Section 2633; G. S. 2001; R. S. 2133; 1896 (22) 192][Am 1981 Act No. 53, Section 3]Repealed 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-425. [En 1981 Act No. 53, Section 1] Repealed 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTIONS 15-41-430 to 15-41-460. Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-430. [1962 Code Section 34-62.1; 1952 Code Section 34-62.1; 1942 Code Section 9092; 1932 Code Section 9092; Civ. C. '22 Section 5497; Civ. C. '12 Section 3718; Civ. C. '02 Section 2633; G. S. 2001; R. S. 2133; 1896 (22) 192] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-440 was entitled: Sale directed by court of real property exceeding value of one thousand dollars and of personal property exceeding value of five hundred dollars.

SECTION 15-41-440. [1962 Code Section 34-63; 1952 Code Section 34-63; 1942 Code Section 9093; 1932 Code Section 9093; Civ. C. '22 Section 5498; Civ. C. '12 Section 3719; Civ. C. '02 Section 2634; R. S. 2133a; 1896 (22) 193] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-450 was entitled: Compensation of appraisers, sheriff, surveyor, magistrate and master or clerk.

SECTION 15-41-450. [1962 Code Section 34-64; 1952 Code Section 34-64; 1942 Code Section 9096; 1932 Code Section 9096; Civ. C. '22 Section 5501; Civ. C. '12 Section 3722; Civ. C. '02 Section 2637; G. S. 2004; R. S. 2136; 1880 (17) 517]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-460 was entitled: Penalty for violation by officers.

SECTION 15-41-460. [1962 Code Section 34-65; 1952 Code Section 34-65; 1942 Code Sections 1540, 9095; 1932 Code Sections 1540, 9095; Civ. C. '22 Section 5500; Cr. C. '22 Section 487; Civ. C. '12 Section 3721; Cr. C. '12 Section 560; Civ. C. '02 Section 2636; Cr. C. '02 Section 403; G. S. 2003; R. S. 320, 2135; 1880 (17) 516, 517] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTIONS 15-41-430 to 15-41-460. Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

SECTION 15-41-430. [1962 Code Section 34-62.1; 1952 Code Section 34-62.1; 1942 Code Section 9092; 1932 Code Section 9092; Civ. C. '22 Section 5497; Civ. C. '12 Section 3718; Civ. C. '02 Section 2633; G. S. 2001; R. S. 2133; 1896 (22) 192] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-440 was entitled: Sale directed by court of real property exceeding value of one thousand dollars and of personal property exceeding value of five hundred dollars.

SECTION 15-41-440. [1962 Code Section 34-63; 1952 Code Section 34-63; 1942 Code Section 9093; 1932 Code Section 9093; Civ. C. '22 Section 5498; Civ. C. '12 Section 3719; Civ. C. '02 Section 2634; R. S. 2133a; 1896 (22) 193] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-450 was entitled: Compensation of appraisers, sheriff, surveyor, magistrate and master or clerk.

SECTION 15-41-450. [1962 Code Section 34-64; 1952 Code Section 34-64; 1942 Code Section 9096; 1932 Code Section 9096; Civ. C. '22 Section 5501; Civ. C. '12 Section 3722; Civ. C. '02 Section 2637; G. S. 2004; R. S. 2136; 1880 (17) 517]Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.

Former Section 15-41-460 was entitled: Penalty for violation by officers.

SECTION 15-41-460. [1962 Code Section 34-65; 1952 Code Section 34-65; 1942 Code Sections 1540, 9095; 1932 Code Sections 1540, 9095; Civ. C. '22 Section 5500; Cr. C. '22 Section 487; Civ. C. '12 Section 3721; Cr. C. '12 Section 560; Civ. C. '02 Section 2636; Cr. C. '02 Section 403; G. S. 2003; R. S. 320, 2135; 1880 (17) 516, 517] Repealed by 1988 Act No. 415, Section 2, eff March 28, 1988.





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