Homestead Act

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Homestead Act

an act passed by the US Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation.
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Dakota Territory Supreme Court decisions touch on our homestead laws in
of federal decisions construing South Dakota homestead laws, including
disposal statutes, most notably the homestead laws.
laws included the homestead laws (which led to the privatization of
In the absence of some agreement, those provisions apply to all life estate/remainder situations created by the Florida homestead laws (created by the constitutional restrictions on devise in art.
Based on its analysis of the Florida homestead laws and BAPCPA [section] 522(m), the court concluded that in Florida, joint debtors should be able to "stack" their exemptions for a total of $250,000.
For a discussion on moving to Florida to exploit favorable homestead laws, see Barry A.
1978) ("Great care should be taken to prevent homestead laws from becoming instruments of fraud, an imposition on creditors, or a means to escape honest debts.
4) Furthermore, for policy reasons, homestead laws are applied liberally in favor of the homeowner.