How to defend against several garnishments?

Recently, a reader sent me an email asking about an issue that she was having. She was having a problem with two separate garnishments breathing down her neck. Her question to me was, can a creditor garnish all of her wages using different methods–meaning can one creditor garnish her paycheck and another creditor garnish her remaining paycheck via bank garnishment/levy? Continue reading

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Discharging Unpaid Child and Spousal Support with Bankruptcy

Fallout from the rocky American economy of the last decade has done one thing if nothing else: created an unfathomable amount of past due and unpaid child and spousal support. The federal government estimates that American parents owe in excess of $100 billion in delinquent child support alone. Continue reading

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The garnishment laws in Oregon

Oregon offers an amazing array of affordable places to live, including beautiful scenery.  But like every other state, the struggling economy of the last decade has taken its toll.  Many Oregonians struggle with massive debt – a combination of taxes, support, student loans and consumer debts. Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Does Not Protect All Debts and Property Rights

I thought bankruptcy always discharged all of my debts?

WRONG.  There are certain debts that cannot be discharged by bankruptcy.  Generally speaking, these debts include: Continue reading

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Bankruptcy a tool for handling excessive debt?

ABSOLUTELY.  The days of bankruptcy drawing scorn and ridicule are over.  Individuals and small companies in the hundreds of thousands have turned to bankruptcy in the last decade to discharge and manage debt.  Your friends will actually talk to you after you’ve filed. Continue reading

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IRS wage levies – Can you win?

An IRS wage levy or garnishment is no laughing matter.  You’ll know it’s coming down when your employer tells you it’s received an administrative garnishment order from the IRS, to tap part of your wages.  In short, that means you will not be receiving your entire pay check unless you take prompt and immediate steps. Continue reading

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The Remedy of Pre-Judgment Garnishment or Attachment

Can a creditor ever garnish my wages before obtaining a judgement against me?

YES.  An aggressive creditor may seek a pre-judgment garnishment as soon as it files the complaint.

True, the pre-judgment garnishment remedy is not automatic.  The creditor must prove certain elements to the satisfaction of the court, such as the specific monetary amount due, probability of success on the collection suit, and the likelihood you’ll have no assets left to garnish after the judgment is obtained, i.e., that it does not have an adequate legal remedy if it has to wait. Continue reading

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Garnishment in the state of Texas

Can a creditor garnish my wages in the state of Texas?

NO, not unless the debts are of a certain type. Unlike most other states, Texas protects its resident debtors from having their wages garnished for any consumer or commercial debt. It is one of only four such states in the US that does so. In fact, Texas has a state slogan that goes, “Like a whole other country”, and it can be said, this protection of debtors may be one of the perks of being Texan (I’m sure there are many proud Texans who would certainly agree with me!) Continue reading

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Can joint accounts and shared assets be garnished?

Can joint accounts and shared assets be garnished?

Most people would react to this question in the same way: absolutely NOT. It would be totally unfair for a creditor of one person to garnish your wages or bank funds when you are not a co-signer on the debt. Your reaction would be even more vehement if you were not married to the debtor, or the creditor tried to garnish your separate account. You might think such an action would be unlawful everywhere, due to a sense of fundamental unfairness. Continue reading

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Does wage garnishment accumulate interest?

When we think of wage garnishment, we normally won’t think of the garnishment order accumulating additional interest on top of the underlying debt, but that is what happens the longer we don’t settle the debt in full. This increasing interest is something you would NOT want to have added to your underlying debt, especially if you live in a state that allows awarding the creditor with a high interest rate in the double digit figures! Continue reading

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Is it possible to stop IRS wage garnishments?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does initiate wage garnishment orders, but they always make sure to give advance notice beforehand. Of course, this form of wage garnishment is for long overdue and unpaid taxes. IRS wage garnishment can be quite a tedious affair to sort out. And when they do finally act, they don’t even have to drag you to court. Continue reading

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Your job and wage garnishment

The question of whether your job is safe, if you have been levied a court order to garnish your wages is generally, yes. As we described in a previous page, you don’t really need to worry about your employer terminating you just because you were given an order to have your wages garnished. Federal law protects you – to a certain extent. Continue reading

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What are wage assignments?

Our latest article goes into detail on wage assignments. Wage assignments are increasingly used in consumer contracts usually involving large transactions, and are often listed in the fine print to state the legal recourse or provisions of the creditor in the event that the buyer/debtor does not pay up the full amount. Continue reading

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Stopping a wage garnishment

Once you are subject to a court order to garnish your income, is there any way to stop it? Well in simple terms, the answer is yes, and no. The most straightforward way is still to talk to the creditor and reach an agreement or consensus on the repayment of the debt. Continue reading

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When the IRS initiates wage garnishment

We know that creditors can garnish someone’s wages via court orders, but what about if the creditor is the IRS? IRS wage garnishment is a garnishment that is initiated by the Internal Revenue Service for overdue and unpaid taxes. Continue reading

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