Wisconsin Bankruptcy Law

Considering filing bankruptcy in Wisconsin? You need to understand Wisconsin bankruptcy law and exemptions.

As on overview we have listed some of the main exemptions, links to the federal courts serving Wisconsin, and some filing statistics for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Exemptions

$75,000 NOTE - includes dwelling (including condominium, mobile home, house trailer or co-op.) and up to 40 acres of land. See Wis. Stat. §990.01(14).
Homestead occupied by resident owner(includes proceeds from sale of homestead held with intent to procure another homestead for 2 years)

$4,000 plus unused portion of exemption for household goods, etc.
Motor vehicles


This is just and overview and there is a detailed list of the Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions.

Wisconsin Bankruptcy Courts

If you need more information about the Wisconsin Federal Bankruptcy Courts you can click on the link for your district.

  • Wisconsin Western District
  • Wisconsin Eastern District

  • Wisconsin Filing Statistics

    Here are the counties in Wisconsin with the highest amount of bankruptcy filings.

    Year - County
    Total
    Ch7
    Ch13
    2012 MILWAUKEE
    9064
    6173
    2889
    2012 WAUKESHA
    1463
    1015
    446
    2012 DANE
    1287
    976
    311
    2012 RACINE
    985
    675
    310

    You can see the information for all counties by visiting the Wisconsin Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings by county page.

    Here are the most recently available statistics for monthly bankruptcy filings in Wisconsin.

    Year - Month
    Total
    Ch7
    Ch13
    2013 June
    1814
    1344
    470
    2013 May
    2306
    1775
    531
    2013 April
    2779
    2145
    634
    2013 March
    2135
    1685
    448
    2013 February
    1591
    1184
    405
    2013 Janunary
    1604
    1186
    418


    You can see more data by visiting the Wisconsin Personal Bankruptcy Filing Statistics page.

    If you have question about filing bankruptcy please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page or schedule a free consultation with a local attorney.