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Can a credit card company garnish your Social Security and state retirement benefits or freeze your USA bank checking account while living abroad?
All SS benefits are exempt from private creditor action (benefits may be garnished for back alimony, child support, unpaid federal taxes and amounts due other federal agencie…s), most pension/retirement plans are also protected, although it is possible to garnish a portion of certain types. In regards to a bank account, if the account(s) are within the U.S. and are not held by a married couple in a state that recognizes TBE protection; the accounts could be subject to creditor levy if said creditor was awarded a lawsuit judgment. As an aside, any non-exempt property belonging to the debtor could be seized and liquidated or if real property be subjected to a lien(s)and possibly a forced sale. The debtor/defendant does not have to present in the U.S. to have a creditor lawsuit initiated and ruled upon, the defendant can have a default judgment entered against him if the plaintiff prevails. It is important to note that once a Social Security payment has been deposited into a bank account (either by check or direct deposit) it is no longer protected.
All Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits are exempt from action for creditor debt. Most pension plans are also exempted, although some may only have a sp…ecified portion protected. States enact laws that establish which real and personal property can be exempted from creditor attachment. The same exemptions that the state of residency allows for bankruptcy action are the ones that apply to lawsuit judgments. In addition federal non-bankruptcy exemptions are allowed in most cases.
Answer No. All Social Security (SS, SSD, SSI) are protected by federal law from attachment for creditor debt.
Answer All public and private disability benefits are exempt from creditor garnishment. All SS, SSI, SSD SSID benefits, military pensions and most private p…ensions are exempt from creditor garnishment.
No. If a creditor other than the federal government tries to garnish your Social Security benefits, inform them that such an action violates Section 207 of the Social Security… Act (42 U.S.C. 407). Additional Information I only work as a paralegal at a judgment recovery firm which handles wage garnishments and bank account garnishments to collect money from judgments which have already been settled, I am not an attorney and I recommend you speak to one for legal advice. With that said, the basic answer is no they cannot. When pursuing for instance a bank account garnishment the law firm is required to send you a form notifying you of the garnishment action and included in this paperwork are some discovery forms where you will be asked a series of questions which they use to try and find other ways to collect such as other accounts you may have, etc. Included in this discovery is a form called "Claim of Exemption" where you have the option of saying that you are exempt from all or part of the garnishment because of reasons that you check off or write in. One of the options is social security benefits, which are specifically listed as exemptable income. Among various other things once you file this you say that they cannot take this money. Your money will remain frozen which is what happens when they move to garnish your account. The simple act of filing this though will prevent them from moving for a final judgment of garnishment which moves to actually have bank take the frozen money and send it to the firm. Now in my experience there are plenty bogus exemption claims, but when the exemption was for social security payments and the claim was valid, the case is usually dropped. occasionally usually on demand by the client the firm may move ahead with a hearing for an objection to your claim of exemption but if the claim is valid then even when defendants appear pro se (without an attorney) the exemption claim has ALWAYS been sustained by the judge and the objection overturned and soon after your money will no longer be frozen. Once again I advise you to speak to a licensed attorney for legal advice, this is just what I observe at our particular office as ONLY a paralegal. Good luck.
Generally not, except for Federal debts (Federal taxes) and child support or alimony. Generally, Social Security benefits are exempt from execution, levy, attachmen…t, garnishment, or other legal process, or from the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law. The exceptions are that benefits are subject: (1) to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to make levies for the collection of delinquent Federal taxes and under certain circumstances delinquent child support payments; and (2) to garnishment or similar legal process brought by an individual to enforce a child support or alimony obligation. Section 207 of the Social Security Act provides: "The right of any person to any future payment under this title shall not be transferable or assignable, at law or in equity, and none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this title shall be subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law." However, section 6331 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. 6331) which was enacted into law on August 16, 1954, after the enactment of section 207, gives the Secretary of the Treasury the right to levy or seize for collection of delinquent Federal taxes, property, rights to property, whether real or personal, tangible, or intangible and the right to make successive levies and seizures until the amount due, together with all expenses, is fully paid.
AS SOMEONE WHO USED TO WORK FOR THE DEPT OF EDUCATION. IT IS TRUE, BECAUSE THE DEPT OF EDUCATION IS A FEDERAL AGENCY AND SSI AND DISS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A FEDERAL APPRO…VED PROGRAM, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO INTERCEPT IT UP TO 25% BASED ON THE AMOUNT YOU GET MONTHLY. IF THIS DOES OCCUR, THE OFFSET (GARNISHMENT) WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE FULL BALANCE OF THE LOAN IS PAID OFF OR YOU DIE! SO BEST THING TO DO IS PAY BEFORE THIS HAPPENS. - THEY ALLOW YOU A 65 DAY PERIOD FROM THE DAY THE LETTER IS MAILED OUT TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS, TO GET ON AN APPROVED ARRANGMENT FOR YOU LOAN.
No. No government or state granted wage can be touched. This falls under the same class as Veteran's benefits, SSI, etc.
can my non gov't ss disability payments be garnished?
yes, in a way it can be garnished. my brother wrote some bad checks went to court over it and they garnished his check after it hit his bank account. the bank and the court ha…d it set up to where the amount would be withdrawn shortly after the deposit was made. ....NO, only if you fail to answer a court hearing and get a judgement against you, THEN, fail to invoke your exemption status ! Only in the cases of back taxes and back child support can Social Security be taken from your account. That is, unless you fail to claim your exemption, then the bank will forward it on ..gotta get off your a$$ to the the above answer.
No. Only courts (judges) can garnish wages or social security benefits.
Can a Social Security disability or a retirement pension check be garnished in MI for credit card debt?
No, all SS benefits are exempted by federal law from creditor garnishment.
It depends on the type of disability check.. but typically no..
Summary: No, they can't take your check. Unless they sue you and get a judgement they can't garnish anything. Neither a private pension nor Social Security would be attachab…le in the case of a creditor such as a bank or credit card issuer having a judgement. However, if the bank account it's deposited into has other funds it is possible that funds in that bank account that are not the proceeds of a pension or social security payment could be
Onlu for child support, alimony, or some federal debts.