South Carolina has opted out of the federal exemptions for all
debtors, regardless of residency. “No individual may exempt
from the property of the estate in any bankruptcy proceeding
the property specified in 11 U.S.C. Section 522(d) except as
may be expressly permitted by this chapter or by other
provisions of law of this State.” S.C. Code Ann. § 15-41-35.

Because South Carollna permits only its domiciliaries to use its
state exemptions, debtors who are not South Carolina
domiciliaries on the date of filing are rendered ineligible for
state and federal exemptions. So they will be permitted to use
the federal exemptions under the savings provision in  11 USC
§ 522(b), which states, “If the effect of the domiciliary
requirement under subparagraph (A) is to render the debtor
ineligible for any exemption, the debtor may elect to exempt
property that is specified under subsection (d).”

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