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By: A. Ali Sabzevari
To collect money owed, judgment-creditors must typically file a garnishment action and serve the garnishee, such as an employer or financial institution, and the judgment-debtor. The State of Georgia has a new garnishment code that took effect in May, 2016 that governs these garnishments.
Senate Bill 255 was passed by the Legislature to repeal and replace the existing garnishment code in Georgia. This bill was drafted in response to a Georgia federal court finding that the existing garnishment code was unconstitutional in part because it did not provide adequate protection for claims of exempt funds.
The following are of some of the key changes in the new garnishment code:
The new garnishment code contains many other changes that apply to judgment-creditors, garnishees, and judgment-debtors. The attorneys at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP can help you navigate and streamline the process for garnishments and disputes, including those pertaining to exempt funds.
For more information regarding garnishments in Georgia, or if you have been served with or need to serve a garnishment, please contact A. Ali Sabzevari at [email protected] or 770.303.8633.