Will I Lose My Retirement If I File For Bankruptcy?

19 Sep Will I Lose My Retirement If I File For Bankruptcy?

One of the most common fears that people considering bankruptcy have is whether or not they will lose their retirement if they file for bankruptcy.

Like all legal questions, the answer to the question of whether or not a debtor will lose their retirement benefits if they file for bankruptcy is that they will probably not lose their retirement benefits.

401(k) plans, 401(b) plans, IRAs, and most other retirement plans are exempt from seizure by creditors either under federal law, state law or both.

For a retirement plan to be exempt it must be a qualified plan, and as a practical matter most plan are qualified plans.

One exception to a retirement plan is if you have made large additional payments to your retirement plan before filing, those payments may not be exempt.

Speak with an experienced bankruptcy attorney such at the attorneys on the Bankruptcy Law Network to see if there are any issues regarding your retirement plan.

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I've been a consumer bankruptcy lawyer for nearly 25 years. Since that time I have helped many people resolve their financial problems. I have been practicing law since 1986 and I am licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of Louisiana. Because I am a sole practitioner, you know that your debt matters are being handled by me personally. In addition to my work with consumers, I am also frequently asked to speak at local seminars on bankruptcy law. I am member of the following organizations: • Louisiana Bar Association • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys • Bankruptcy Law Network My office is located at: 3920 General DeGaulle Drive, New Orleans, LA 70114 Telephone: (504) 368-4101

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