gar·nish·ment /'gär-nish-mənt/ n: a remedial device used by a creditor to have property of the debtor or money owed to the debtor that is in the possession of a third party attached to pay the debt to the creditor; specif: attachment of the debtor's wages to satisfy a judgment compare wage assignment at assignment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun annexation, appropriation, confiscation, dispossession, distraint, distress, divestiture, execution, expropriation, impoundment, levy, seizure associated concepts: attachment, enforcement of judgments, equitable garnishment, execution, garnishment of a debt, lien II index attachment (seizure), distraint, motif, sequestration

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A court order that takes the property or money that a third party owes to a debtor (typically wages owed to the debtor by an employer) and gives it to a plaintiff creditor.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A court-ordered procedure for taking money or property from someone to satisfy a debt. For example, a debtor's wages might be garnished to pay child support, back taxes, or a lawsuit judgment.
Category: Back Taxes & Tax Debt
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Bankruptcy
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Student Loan Debt
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Foreclosure
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Debt & Collection Agencies
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement → Taxes

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Also known as garnishee order.
An order requiring a person owing money to the defendant to pay his debt to the claimant rather than to the defendant.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. In litigation, a judicial process in which a creditor seeks the seizure of a debtor's property, held in possession by a third party.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A legal procedure by which a creditor can collect what a debtor owes by reaching the debtor's property when it is in the hands of someone other than the debtor.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A legal procedure by which a creditor can collect what a debtor owes by reaching the debtor's property when it is in the hands of someone other than the debtor.
II A legal proceeding in which a debtor's money, in the possession of another (called the garnishee) is applied to the debts of the debtor, such as when an employer garnishes a debtor's wages.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the entire process of petitioning for and getting a court order directing a person or entity (garnishee) to hold funds they owe to someone who allegedly is in debt to another person, often after a judgment has been rendered. Usually the actual amounts owed have not been figured out or are to be paid by installments directly or through the sheriff.
   See also: garnish, garnishee

Law dictionary. . 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • garnishment — A legal process whereby a debt owed by a third person (garnishee) to a judgment debtor, or property of a judgment debtor held by that third person garnishee, is attached by a creditor toward satisfaction of the obligation or debt owed by the… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • Garnishment — Gar nish*ment, n. [Cf. OF. garnissement protection, guarantee, warning.] 1. Ornament; embellishment; decoration. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) Warning, or legal notice, to one to appear and give information to the court on any matter …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • garnishment — 1520s, from GARNISH (Cf. garnish) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • garnishment — [gär′nish mənt] n. 1. a decoration; embellishment 2. Law a proceeding by which a creditor plaintiff seeks to attach money or property in the possession of a third party in order to satisfy a debt owed by the defendant …   English World dictionary

  • Garnishment — A garnishment is a means of collecting a monetary judgment against a defendant by ordering a third party (the garnishee) to pay money, otherwise owed to the defendant, directly to the plaintiff. United States Wage garnishment Wage garnishment,… …   Wikipedia

  • garnishment — /gahr nish meuhnt/, n. 1. Law. a. a warning, served on a third party to hold, subject to the court s direction, money or property belonging to a debtor who is being sued by a creditor. b. a summons to a third party to appear in litigation pending …   Universalium

  • garnishment — garnishee gar‧ni‧shee 1 [ˌgɑːnɪˈʆiː ǁ ˌgɑːr ] also gar‧nish [ˈgɑːnɪʆ ǁ ˈgɑːr ] verb [transitive] LAW if a court of law garnishees someone s money or property, it orders an organization holding it, for example a bank or an employer, to send it to… …   Financial and business terms

  • garnishment — A proceeding whereby a plaintiff creditor, i.e., garnishor, seeks to subject to his or her claim the property or money of a third party, i.e., garnishee, owed by such party to defendant debtor, i.e., principal defendant. Van Maanen v. Van Maanen …   Black's law dictionary

  • garnishment — Trustee Trus*tee , n. (Law) A person to whom property is legally committed in trust, to be applied either for the benefit of specified individuals, or for public uses; one who is intrusted with property for the benefit of another; also, a person… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Garnishment — A legal process whereby payments towards a debt owed by an individual can be paid by a third party which holds money or property that is due to the individual directly to the creditor. The third party in such a case is generally the individual s… …   Investment dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.