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A lawyer for garnishment can help negotiate with creditors or explore other debt relief options to avoid wage garnishment.

What Is Garnishment?

Garnishment, also known as wage garnishment, is a legal process whereby an employer is ordered by a court order to withdraw money from an employee's paycheck to satisfy a debt. In some cases, such as taxes and child support, wages can be garnished through an administrative process without a court order.

A garnishment is a letter instructing the person with your funds (such as your employer or bank) to deduct money from your paycheck or bank account and pay the person you owe. You have 14 days after receiving a Notice of Garnishment to object by submitting an Objection to Garnishment to the court. Additionally, you might be able to submit a payment plan request to prevent wage garnishment.

How Does Wage Garnishment Work?

Regardless of how far behind a debtor is on payments, the creditor may still need to set up a court hearing. It's necessary to notify the debtor about the time of the hearing, date, and location. The next step is for the creditor to demonstrate that the debtor owes money and that the mandatory payments have not been made.

If the court is persuaded, it will issue an order mandating that a specified portion of the debtor's paycheck be withheld, along with a letter and detailed instructions for the employer. Before delivering funds directly to the creditor in question, the employer is typically required to give the debtor written notice that wage garnishment is about to begin. The wage garnishment usually continues after that until the obligations are settled.

How Can a Lawyer for Garnishment Help You?

  • You Can Sort Through Your Debt Relief Options With the Aid of a Lawyer

    For the most part, a court order is required before creditors can seize your wages. Two examples of government debtors exempt from this clause are the IRS and child support organizations.

    One tactic to avoid going to court is to negotiate a debt settlement with the creditor before a case goes to trial. It would be ideal to settle before the creditor files a lawsuit. Any competent attorney can predict which offer the creditor will accept.

    Even if you lose your lawsuit and have your income garnished, a good lawyer will ensure that the creditor doesn't misuse the court order, like demanding more money than you owe them.

    With the help of a lawyer, you can determine the maximum amount that the creditor may rightfully garnish. If you have a lot of debt from various creditors, it may be preferable to think about bankruptcy as your primary form of debt relief. There are exceptions for certain types of debts, such as child support and certain tax debts, so talk with a lawyer about your options.

  • You Can Get Legal Aid to Navigate the Bankruptcy Process

    A bankruptcy lawyer can walk you through the process of filing for bankruptcy is the best way to manage your debt. Customers have recourse to two basic categories of bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code.

    Bankruptcies under Chapters 7 and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code are also permissible. Wage garnishments will end in either chapter of bankruptcy due to the automatic stay.

    Chapter 7 bankruptcy turnaround times typically take 4-6 months. If you have a large amount of nonexempt equity in your house, the bankruptcy trustee may sell some of your nonexempt assets to raise money to pay your creditors.

    Rarely does a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filer have enough equity in their nonexempt property that the trustee decides to sell their nonexempt possessions? When filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, certain types of debts, but not all debts, are eligible for discharge. Debt relief is a good thing. However, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may require the liquidation of nonexempt assets to pay creditors.

    Certain debts that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy cannot be utilized to handle can be managed through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This group includes loans for cars and homes. Nondischargeable debts, such as multiple tax debts, cannot be managed in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. You might select a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which involves a repayment plan if filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 doesn't work well for you. If a bankruptcy trustee undoubtedly sells some of your assets in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you might choose to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition.

    If you have debts that cannot be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may choose to file under Chapter 13. If your home or car loan is overdue, you might decide to file under Chapter 13. A bankruptcy attorney can help you decide which bankruptcy chapter best meets your requirements.

  • You Might Be Able to Avoid Garnishments With the Help of a Lawyer Completely

    An attorney will know how to present your argument if you are being sued for failing to pay a debt. A lawyer will stop any wage garnishment that violates an income exemption. One example of free income from federal taxation is Social Security benefits. State law allows for the exclusion of income as well.

    Lawyers for garnishment can help you submit your response to a creditor's complaint. A competent attorney will help by negotiating with creditors or explore debt settlement options. An attorney can review all your agreements and communications with the creditor.

    They will be able to recognize fraud, proof of identity theft, limit period violations, and more. A consumer lawyer can ensure that the creditor complies with pertinent regulations, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FDCPA prohibits harassment-like collecting strategies. Most lawyers will provide a free consultation to discuss how they may assist you.

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Key Terms

  • Wage Garnishment: When workers are lawfully liable to provide creditors a part of their profits to pay off debt.
  • Amortization: The procedure of lowering debt through periodic installment payments of interest and principal that will result in the proceeds of a loan at its maturity.
  • Bankruptcy: The lawful proceedings by which the experiences of a bankrupt individual are turned over to a receiver or trustee for management under bankruptcy laws.


You will benefit from consulting our garnishment attorneys at Contracts Counsel. Our expert lawyers have years of expertise to help you create various strategies for handling garnishment. That will, in some circumstances, prevent the entry of a wage garnishment order.

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