West Virginia Bankruptcy Law

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

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

West Virginia Exemptions

$25000 ($250,000 for certain physicians)
Debtor’s interest in real or personal property, including a cooperative, used as a residence by debtor or a dependent, or in a burial plot

$2,400
One motor vehicle

$5,000
One motor vehicle


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

West Virginia Bankruptcy Courts

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

  • West Virginia Northern District
  • West Virginia Southern District

  • West Virginia Filing Statistics

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

    Year - County
    Total
    Ch7
    Ch13
    2012 BERKELEY
    389
    321
    68
    2012 KANAWHA
    364
    310
    54
    2012 CABELL
    226
    194
    32
    2012 JEFFERSON
    163
    126
    37

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

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

    Year - Month
    Total
    Ch7
    Ch13
    2013 June
    269
    240
    29
    2013 May
    398
    303
    94
    2013 April
    324
    272
    52
    2013 March
    347
    310
    37
    2013 February
    292
    247
    45
    2013 Janunary
    288
    248
    40


    You can see more data by visiting the West Virginia 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.