Can creditors legally collect money if the funds are not available or if the debtor is on social security and can't pay?

Asked over 1 year ago - Fresno, CA

Fresno, CA, social security, debt

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Armen Michael Tashjian


    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Social Security benefits are off limits to collectors except when or is child support.

  2. Andrew W. Norfleet


    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You should address this issue as soon as possible with an attorney in your area.

    As a general rule, Social Security Disability benefits are protected from garnishment (up to the amount equal to two months of payments) - unless the collection involves a child support order or the debt is owed to the government. As much as possible, keep the disability benefits in a different account form any other assets that you have.

    To find a Social Security Disability attorney in your area, please use the "Find a Lawyer" feature listed above or visit

    I hope that this information in helpful to you.

    Andrew W. Norfleet, Esquire Helping disabled individuals throughout Pennsylvania. www.norlaflaw.... more

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