• (noun): Law A legal proceeding whereby money or property due a debtor but in the possession of another is applied to the payment of the debt owed to the plaintiff.
  • (noun): Law A court order directing a third party who holds money or property belonging to a defendant to withhold it and appear in court to answer inquiries.
  • (noun): Ornamentation; embellishment.

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  • (noun): a court order to an employer to withhold all or part of an employee's wages and to send the money to the court or to the person who won a lawsuit against the employee

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Garnishment is an American legal process for collecting a monetary judgment on behalf of a plaintiff from a defendant. Garnishment allows the plaintiff (the \"garnishor\") to take the money or property of the debtor from the person or institution that holds that property (the \"garnishee\"). A similar legal mechanism called execution allows the seizure of money or property held directly by the debtor.
Some jurisdictions may allow for garnishment by a tax agency without the need to first obtain a judgment or other court order.

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  • Lewis, with Roetzel & Andress law firm, attempted to seize money from the developer's bank accounts, through a legal tactic known as garnishment, to get the money owed to Lopez, Chaparro and Rodriguez-Storer.

  • Your garnishment is the end result of a long series of letters, calls, summons and court actions on behalf of the creditor to get either of you to step up and pay what is owed or to negotiate a mutually acceptable, debt is between six months and a year old or older.

  • The apparent relationship between so-called garnishment laws and states 'bankruptcy rates also bolsters the arguments of consumer advocates, who have long said that intercepting someone's wages to pay their debts only increases their financial vulnerability.

  • Can you directly quote Hillary calling it "garnishment"?

  • And here's where the "garnishment" headlines on FoxNews and Obama's campaign releases came from.

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