Garnishment

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OCC Issues Garnishment Guidance

On April 1, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments” booklet, which is new to the Comptroller’s Handbook. The booklet contains interagency...more

Tips for Garnishee Employers, Part Two: A Light at the End of the Tunnel? Relief From Your Woes May Be in Sight

In part one of this two-part series on garnishments, I discussed the consequences employers face if they mishandle garnishment orders. In part two, I address one of the hurdles that employers face when trying to comply with...more

Spendthrift & Discretionary Trusts in Florida: Further Analysis of Berlinger v. Casselberry

In Berlinger v. Casselberry, Case No. 2D12-6470, 6 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 27, 2013), the Florida Second District Court of Appeal upheld a writ of garnishment issued by a trial court against the trustee of a discretionary trust...more

Tips for Garnishee Employers, Part One: The Perils of Ignoring Garnishment Orders

Employers should never ignore and always strictly follow a garnishment. It is a court order directing the employer to perform a certain act. Therefore, employers should always answer the garnishment even when the person is...more

Nevada Supreme Court Limits Ability to Execute on Funds Contained in Joint Accounts in Brooksby v. Nevada State Bank

In Brooksby v. Nevada State Bank, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 82 (Nov. 7, 2013), Nevada State Bank obtained a deficiency judgment against the guarantor of a commercial loan and then garnished funds contained in bank accounts jointly...more

Continuing Writs Of Garnishment Against Discretionary Trusts–How Far Does It Go? [Florida]

In the recent 2nd DCA case of Berlinger v. Casselberry, the court allowed a continuing writ of garnishment against distributions to be made to a beneficiary of what appears to be a discretionary trust, for unpaid alimony...more

Michigan Appeals Court Opinion Could Affect Banks’ Response To Creditor Garnishments

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion that may have a big impact on how banks respond to creditor garnishments for customers who are in default on their loans from the bank. In Ladd v Motor City...more

Dodd-Frank News: July 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..Dodd-Frank Act Amendments to RESPA ..Amendments to Preemption Standards ..Whistleblower Protection ..SEC Final Rule Pursuant to Dodd-Frank Act Vacated ...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - June 2013

In this issue: - CFPB Amends Ability-to-Repay Rule to Ease Standards for Small Creditors - Assistant Managers Fail to Break the Piggy Bank...For Now - Federal Agencies Make Changes to Regulation...more

Update: Banks Must Protect Depositors' Social Security and Other Federal Benefits from Garnishments - Treasury Issues Final Rule

The U.S. Treasury and four other federal agencies jointly issued their final rule1requiring depository institutions to protect up to two months’ worth of their depositors’ direct deposits of Social Security and certain other...more

Rogers Towers: Garnishing Professional Fees After Close of Bankruptcy Proceeding

It is not an uncommon practice for commercial lenders or real estate owners to employ a broker to assist with the sale of property for a commission. Recently, a corporation owning a marina in South Florida filed for Chapter...more

Amendments Made To Regulation Requiring Financial Institutions To Protect Federal Benefit Payments In Deposit Accounts From The...

Several amendments have been made to the federal regulation issued in 2011 that protects certain directly-deposited federal benefit payments from the reach of creditors....more

Creditors Can Reach Benefits under "Top Hat" Plan, United States District Court of Maryland Rules

Executive Summary: ERISA “top hat” plan’s anti-alienation provision does not trump state garnishment laws. A familiar feature of ERISA is its protection of a participant’s retirement savings from creditors; ERISA...more

I Have a Judgment, Now What?: Collecting and Enforcing a Money Judgment Through the Garnishment Process

As a plaintiff, you often roam a long and weary road before you achieve your ultimate litigation goal: a judgment against a defendant. Now that you have your prize, what do you do with it? With any luck, the defendant...more

Litigation News -- April 2013

As a plaintiff, you often roam a long and weary road before you achieve your ultimate litigation goal: a judgment against a defendant. Now that you have your prize, what do you do with it? With any luck, the defendant...more

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