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in law, means of requiring a third party who holds a debtdebt,
obligation in services, money, or goods owed by one party, the debtor, to another, the creditor. When contested, debts are collected by a civil suit upon which the judge renders a judgment, and an execution is levied on the debtor's property.
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 (including wages) due a defendant to retain the property temporarily. The garnishment consists of a warning, in the form of a judgmentjudgment,
decision of a court of law respecting the issues before it. The term ordinarily is not applied to the decree (order) of courts of equity. The outstanding characteristic of a legal judgment, in contrast to an equitable decree, is its finality and fixity; thus, except
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, to the third party, called the garnishee, not to deliver the goods or money due to the defendant, but to hold them in trusttrust,
in law, arrangement whereby property legally owned by one person is administered for the benefit of another. Three parties are ordinarily needed for the relation to arise: the settlor, who bequeaths or deeds the property for another's benefit; the trustee, in whose hands
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 pending the outcome of the plaintiff's suit. This provisional remedy guarantees the plaintiff at least some recovery if he wins the case.
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Lump-sum and periodic payments are voluntary, unlike payments made through wage garnishment or tax refund offsets.
When he hears about the former employee's whereabouts later, he said, his suspicions are almost always confirmed: The person found work as an independent contractor to avoid wage garnishment.
Dep't of State (May 27, 1998), available at %20-%20Digital%20Library/ricesub/Box%20012/647851-child-support-international.agencies-2.pdf (presenting letters from women obstructed by diplomatic immunity calling for implementation of wage garnishment).
If the judgment debtor qualifies for and properly claims the "head of family exemption," then the judgment debtor is afforded two levels of protection from wage garnishment. First, the disposable earnings of the judgment debtor up to $750 per week are automatically exempt from garnishment.
Under the current bankruptcy laws and legal rules restricting wage garnishments, borrowers are granted significant but not complete ability to exchange their future income in loan contracts.
Wage garnishment. Bankruptcy laws also protect wages and salaries.
Suddenly, he was facing several years of automatic wage garnishment, and the shame of being forced to explain to prospective employers why the government considered him a deadbeat dad.
The testimony focused on RHS's and FSA's progress in referring delinquent debt for administrative offset and cross-servicing and Agriculture's implementation of administrative wage garnishment (AWG).
"The Consumer Credit Protection Act of 1973 prohibits employers from firing workers whose earnings have been subjected to a wage garnishment arising from a single debt," says labor lawyer Sack.
These remedies include wage garnishment, repossession of collateral, and late night phone calls.
This paper examines the role of collateral in personal loan contracts when government regulations, such as usury laws and restrictions on late charges and wage garnishment limit the responses of creditors to increases in default risk.