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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Garnishment

Garnishment is a process that involves an additional set of requests to the court (motions) and new court orders requiring payment to be made to the judgment creditor. What makes garnishment different from the original order to pay the judgment is that an order of garnishment isn’t directed at the person who lost at trial, the judgment debtor. Instead, the order of garnishment is made against someone who holds or owes money to the judgment debtor. That person is called the “garnishee.” The order tells the garnishee not to pay the money to the judgment debtor, but to pay it directly to the judgment creditor. If the garnishee doesn’t obey the order, the garnishee can end up responsible for the entire amount of the judgment, not just ...

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