Wisconsin State Economy:

The three key industries in the Wisconsin economy are: 1) Manufacturing; 2) Agriculture; and 3) Tourism. Northwestern Mutual, Manpower Group, and Kohls are all Fortune 500 companies based in Wisconsin.

Bankruptcy Court Locations:

Western District of Wisconsin:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Wisconsin
120 North Henry Street, Room 340
Madison, Wisconsin 53703-2559


Eau Claire
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Wisconsin
500 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, Wisconsin  54701

Eastern District of Wisconsin:

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
U.S. Federal Courthouse – Milwaukee
517 East Wisconsin Avenue, Room 126
Milwaukee, WI  53202

Green Bay
(Hearings Only/No filings)
U.S. Federal Courthouse – Green Bay
125 S Jefferson Street
Green Bay, WI  54301

(Hearings Only/No Filings)
415 Jackson St
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Wisconsin State Bankruptcy Exemptions:

⦁ Alimony and child support. Alimony and child support needed for support. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(c).)
⦁ Bank deposits. Up to $5,000. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(k).)
⦁ Burial property. Burial articles including tombstones, coffins, cemetery lots owned by individuals. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(a).)
⦁ Crime victims’ compensation. 100% exempt. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 949.07.)
Fraternal benefit society benefits. 100% exempt. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 614.96.)
⦁ Homestead property. Equity up to $75,000 in your home. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.20.)
⦁ Insurance benefits. Accident insurance proceeds; federal disability benefits; fire insurance proceeds; life insurance payments; unmatured life insurance and annuity contracts; dividends from unmatured life insurance and annuity contracts up to $150,000 ($4,000 if issued less than two years before filing). (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(i)-(f).)
⦁ Motor vehicles. $4,000in

⦁ motor vehicles, plus the unused portion of $12,000 personal property exemption. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(g).)
Pensions and retirement benefits. Veterans’ benefits and war pensions (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(n)); pensions for certain municipal employees, firefighters and police officers working in cities of more than 100,000 residents (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(ef)); pensions for public employees (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 40.08); tax-exempt retirements (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(j)).
⦁ Personal property. $12,000 in total value for any tangible property (other than real estate) used for personal or family use, such as household goods, appliances, and furnishings; wearing apparel; jewelry; keepsakes; books; musical instruments; firearms; sporting goods; animals (Wis. Stat. § 815.18(3)(d); wrongful death award necessary for support; $50,000 personal injury recovery (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(i)(1)(c)); college savings or trust fund (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(o),(p)).
⦁ Prisoner property. Wages earned during imprisonment. (Wis. Stat. Ann. §§ 303.065(4)(b), 303.08(3), 303.10(7).)
⦁ Social service payments. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 49.96.)
⦁ Trade implements and family business. $15,000 in tools, equipment, and professional books, or in a closely-held company. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(b).)
⦁ Unemployment Compensation. Except for child support claims. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 108.13.)
Veterans’ benefits. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(n).)
⦁ Wages. 75% of weekly income, but not less than 30 times the greater of state or federal minimum wage, if reasonably necessary for support. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 815.18(3)(h).)
⦁ Workers’ Compensation Benefits. (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 102.27.)