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Writ of Garnishment

Definition - What does Writ of Garnishment mean?

A writ of garnishment is a legal document that is written for the purpose of being served on an individual or company that is holding assets or property for another person whom a judgment has been made against. The purpose of the writ is to tell the person or company that it is being served on a legal requirement exists for them to hand over or direct the property being held or expected to become available to the third party rather than to the person. This document shows that there is a court order for this to happen. A common writ of garnishment is when an individual's paycheck was garnished.

Justipedia explains Writ of Garnishment

When a judgment is entered against a defendant for a financial sum and the judgment is not paid it is common for a writ of garnishment to be directed to the defendant's employer telling them to send a portion of their wages to satisfy the debt outlined in the court order. It is common for up to 90% of a person's wages to be taken from each pay check until the debt is cleared. The writ could also be served upon a bank holding an account in the defendant debtor's name directing the transfer of funds to satisfy the debt.

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