No. 17-35716.

909 F.3d 306 (2018)

Debra Lea WILSON, Appellant, v. James RIGBY; First Citizens Bank, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed November 27, 2018.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Larry B. Feinstein (argued), Vortman & Feinstein, Bellevue, Washington, for Appellant.

Thomas S. Linde (argued) and Michael M. Sperry , Schweet Linde & Coulson PLLC, Seattle, Washington; Denice E. Moewes , Wood & Jones P.C., Seattle, Washington; for Appellees.

Jon Erik Heath (argued), San Francisco, California, for Amici Curiae National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.

Dissent by Judge Huck.


The filing date of a bankruptcy petition determines the law governing exemptions and freezes the value of the exemptions that the debtor may claim. Because Debra Wilson's amended bankruptcy schedules sought to claim more than Washington law permitted her...

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