Answers about Garnishments

What is a garnishment?

If a creditor sues to collect a debt you owe and wins a court judgment against you, the creditor can ask the court for an order to garnish your salary, bank account, or other assets. 

For example, the creditor can ask the court to order your employer to withhold some of your salary and pay it to the creditor instead of to you. 

Also, a creditor can ask the court for an order instructing your bank to turn over funds you have in your bank account.

June 2011