We live in Massachusetts.
It depends. Are they in both your names? Did the debt (or basis for the lawsuit) involve you in any way as well? If the asset is in both names, a litigant with a judgment against your wife only could attach her interest in her portion of the asset. But there may be particular rules with respect to primary homes owned as Tenants by the Entirety (which is generally how married couples own property), but I'm not familiar with those rules. I think the more important question / issue is why is your wife being sued, what for, and do you have proper representation for that lawsuit.
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Your wife is a separate person. So long as it is not a joint debt (where you are a debtor or guarantor) then the only person liable is your wife. Generally they cannot attach assets of anyone else, including you.
It is more complex in practice. If you and your wife share many common assets and funds then you can open yourself up to a "fraudulent transfer" suit. You should consult an attorney for advice.
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If the asset is solely in your name, your wife's creditor cannot take it unless they show that it was either given to you by her as a fraudulent transfer (a transfer for less than fair value at a time when she was insolvent or would be made insolvent by the transfer) or that you were holding it in trust for her. These are complicated legal issues that can't be explained in a short answer like this.
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It depends in whose names the properties are
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I agree with all of the above answers, including the fraudulent transfer discussion and would add that the term “fraudulent transfers" relates to transfers of assets from one person to another in order to delay, hinder or defraud any creditor of the transferring party. The reason my colleagues raised the point has everything to do with whether your house, car and other assets were at one time titled in your wife’s name, either jointly with you or individually. If the answer is yes, then the timing of the transfer(s) is important. If the transfer(s) happened more than 4 years ago, it becomes extremely difficult for a creditor to reach those assets. I also agree that the entire subject should be reviewed with a lawyer.
I hope this helps.
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