The first issue, in my opinion, is to determine the basis for someone's check to be garnished. Did that person have an obligation to satisfy a debt?
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No. First, one needs a judgment. That requires one to be sued. That requires notice. Then one would have to lose the case and have a judgment entered against one. Then, the paycheck has to be able to be garnished, which is doubtful.
But, why would you be liable for your mother's medical bills?
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No. Garnishment is the result of a process, not the start of it. There has to be some judgment pursuant to something before this issue could even arise. Then a "writ of garnishment" would have to be sought and issued. There are a lot of steps to get to that.
Garnishment can only legally occur after a judgment has been obtained against the debtor. That means the debtor needs to be sued in the appropriate court and a judgment order issued against the defendant debtor and served upon the debtor.
What is the legal basis for being responsible for medical bills of deceased mother in nursing home?
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