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There is no Kansas Bankruptcy exemption (protection) for a lump-sum severance payment. Since any of that money that you have at the time you file a Bankruptcy can be taken by the Bankruptcy court, it would be a good idea to wait until the money is spent before filing a Bankruptcy.
(This is assuming that you have lived in Kansas continuously for the past 2 years. If you have not, please let me know, as the exemptions may be different if you have not lived in Kansas for the past 2 years.)
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