I just noticed today that my wages have been garnished. I have no idea what for, I have no idea for how much. I was never served or notified to appear in court to possibly resolve or dispute anything. Is this legal? My pay roll dept is not responding to me.
I hear this complaint a lot. Service is accomplished by ways other than having a uniformed officer hand you papers and announce "you've been served." It only works like that in the movies. Your employer is required to provide you with a copy of the garnishment paperwork, and only when you have that document can you follow the trail of breadcrumbs to the courthouse to see what has happened. Hope this perspective helps!
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You will need to get a copy of the Writ of Garnishment from your employer. This could be related to a lawsuit filed against you years ago or, it could be another sort of wage assignment relayed to something not twittering a lawsuit like family spite of back taxes or delinquent student loans. Until you get the papers it is impossible to know what has happened.
Ask the payroll department for a copy of the writ. Then go to the court where the judgement was issued to see how service was made on you.
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