Can I lose my home, my car, or my furniture if I file bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy law allows you to keep items that are paid for such as furniture and personal belongings as long as the total resale value of those items is within the allowed amount of exempt property. This limit is $10,000.00 per person or $20,000.00 per married couple filing jointly. Additional property may be kept for specific purposes such as tools of the trade, books or professional equipment, retirement accounts, and government benefit payments. A home may be kept in Chapter 7 if the equity is within the homestead exemption limits.