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Home Sweet Homestead

Updated 3/14/16: On remand, the bankruptcy court ordered the property turned over to the trustee. The bankruptcy court denied the homestead exemption on an alternative basis, and the bankruptcy appellate panel affirmed in Elliott v Weil (In re Elliott) (BAP 9th Cir 2016) 544 BR 421.

Suppose a debtor denies owning a home and then gives a false address so creditors don’t find out about the home. Can the debtor still claim the homestead exemption in bankruptcy?