79. Understanding Wage Garnishment: Are You In Danger?

Are you concerned that your debt will lead to a wage garnishment? First, you should know that a garnishment of your wages will not happen unless your unsecured creditor receives a judgment from the court. However, this is not the case for IRS debt. So, if you owe the IRS and want more information, click here.

What is a Wage Garnishment?

A wage garnishment from a judgment occurs when a court issues an order requiring your employer to withhold a specific amount of money from your paycheck. This money is used to pay off a debt in small installments until the debt is paid off. It is also important to note that the wage garnishment will show on your credit report and affect your credit score. You should also be aware that the IRS can garnish your wages or place a levy to recoup money owed.

How Do I Stop a Wage Garnishment?

You are able to end a wage garnishment by working directly with a creditor or filing bankruptcy. You should try to negotiate with a creditor to come up with a payment plan. Make sure that you will be able to maintain the plan. Or, you can explain to the court that you feel the garnishment should be reversed.

The idea of bankruptcy can seem like a scary prospect. However, in many cases, it is a great way to start fresh. Some debts can be completely discharged and others greatly reduced. If you are unable to negotiate with the creditor to stop the wage garnishment, you may want to seek out a professional bankruptcy attorney to review your situation.

Looking for more information?

Are you in Southern California and unsure about which direction to take? Call our office to make a consultation appointment today. If you are outside Southern California, contact a professional bankruptcy attorney in your state for more information.

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Daniela Romero

Daniela Romero has been practicing law in the Los Angeles area since 1998. Ms. Romero has practiced in the areas of civil litigation, family law and bankruptcy law. She was also the staff attorney for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project. MORE

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