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

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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. DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania and is personal in nature, not professional in nature. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality


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

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