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Debtor filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Debtor claimed an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) he inherited from his mother upon her death as exempt property from the bankruptcy estate. The Trustee of the case objected to Debtor’s claim of exemption. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Montana certified a question to the Supreme Court regarding whether a Debtor may claim an exemption in an IRA pursuant to Mont. Code Ann. 25-13-608(1)(e). The Supreme Court answered the question in the negative, holding that, under Montana’s liberal construction of exemptions, a debtor may not claim an exemption to an inherited IRA under section 25-13-608(1)(e).