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garnish

v. to obtain a court order directing a party holding funds (such as a bank) or about to pay wages (such as an employer) to an alleged debtor to set that money aside until the court determines (decides) how much the debtor owes to the creditor. Garnishing funds is also a warning to the party holding the funds (garnishee) not to pay them, and to inform the court as to how much money is being held. If the garnishee (such as a bank or employer) should mistakenly give the money to the account owner or employee, the garnishee will be liable to pay the creditor what he/she/it has coming. Garnishing wages is a typical means used to collect late child support and alimony payments, or money judgments. Often the order will be to pay installment payments to the sheriff until the debt is collected. Then the sheriff pays the whole amount or payments to the person to whom the money is owed. (See: garnishee, garnishment)

garnish

verb appropriate, attach, commandeer, decorare, distrain, execute, impound, instruere, levy upon, seize, seize and appropriate, sequester, sequestrate
See also: attach, distrain, embellish, impress, levy, seize

garnish

to serve with notice of proceedings; warn. See also GARNISHEE PROCEEDINGS.

GARNISH, Eng. law. Money paid by a prisoner to his fellow prisoners on his entrance into prison. .

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In 2013, Delaware changed 12 Delaware Code [section]3536 to specifically exclude garnishment as a remedy of r creditor-, and it provides the trustee with authority to make distributions from a discretionary truth for the benefit of the beneficiary.
In addition, most creditors, upon learning a debtor was impoverished and survived only on Social Security, took no steps to stop future bank garnishments.
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In the Matheny case, a law firm was presented with a writ of garnishment after it had presented a trust account check, disbursing proceeds of a case, to a client but before the client had presented the check to a bank for payment.
Note that garnishment for wages due to unpaid federally issued or guaranteed student loans is limited to 10% of disposable income.
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For example, the law authorizes deductions from an employee's pay when it is legally required, such as for taxes or money to satisfy a garnishment or child support order.
However, with the extraordinary number of employees that most hospitals have, since they have three separate shifts, personnel departments of hospitals are more likely to be subject to wage garnishments that most other employers.
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.
Other additions to pay and deductions may include vacation pay, union dues, 401K plans, health insurance and garnishments.
The Ventura County Department of Child Support Services will hold two workshops for employers on wage garnishments and other child-support issues.