If the person that I had an auto accident with decides to sue me for personal injuries, will a homestead on my house protect it?

Asked on April 15, 2017 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that no lien has yet been filed on your home, then the MA homestead law should protect your home for up to $500,000 of value (i.e. if the home is worth more than $500,000, some of the equity in it may be at risk) once you filed for the homestead exemption. It will not protect your income/wages from garnishment, your personal vehicle(s), or money in bank/brokerage/etc. accounts.


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