Long Islanders filing bankruptcy can now protect $150,000 for individuals and $300,000 for couples in home equity if they file for bankruptcy. This is in contrast to the $50,000 and $100,000 previously available. This is a huge change and a huge chance for a fresh start for many homeowners with equity. If you haven't considered bankruptcy because your house has a lot of equity, but you are otherwise strapped with bundles of credit card debt, this one is for you. Thank you Santa Paterson.
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Also, for all you contractors out there, the new law also increases the exemption from bankruptcy for tools of the trade from $600 to $3,000. So, now you can keep working after a bankruptcy with your tools by your side.