If you want to claim the Virginia homestead exemption in bankruptcy court, you must file a Homestead Deed for Real Property. Create this form yourself to provide notice to creditors of your intent to claim the homestead deduction. As of 2011, the homestead exemption for Virginia is $5,000 -- or $7,500 if you are a disabled veteran -- plus an additional $500 for each dependent who lives on the property.
Begin writing the Homestead Deed for Real Property by opening a word-processing program and typing those words at the top of your document. Space down two lines.
Type, "Householder," then your name.
Type "Title Holder of Record" on the next line and the title holder's name, if you aren't the title holder. Skip a line.
Write "Claim Disabled Veteran Status" and "Additional Exemption Under Virginia Code Section 34-4.1." Type "Yes," if applicable. Space down to the next line.
Type "Property Address." Insert the street address, city, state and ZIP code of the property. Space down one line.
Write "Names and Ages of Dependents Who Reside on the Property." Enter this information for your children or parents who live on the property. Space down one line.
Type "County in Which the Real Property Claimed as Exempt is Located," followed by the county's name. Space down one line.
Write "Description of Property Claimed as Exempt" and provide a property description.
Type "Value of Property Described Above" on the next line and insert the property value. Space down two lines.
Type "Signature of Householder" and your name. Sign the document in front of a notary public.
Submit the form to your county recorder's office and ask the clerk to stamp your copy.
File the document with your bankruptcy paperwork, if applicable.