You’ve Been Served With a Writ of Garnishment – What Now?

Arizona Employment Law Letter
Employment & Labor Law
Jodi R. Bohr

It’s happened.  You received a Writ of Garnishment and Summons directing you to garnish the wages of an existing employee.  As the entity garnishing the judgment debtor’s (aka employee’s) wages, you are responsible for navigating the process without error or risk liability for monetary penalties, up to the full amount of the judgment against the judgment debtor.

Garnishment procedures are governed by Arizona law and are extremely complicated.  And, while azcourts.gov offers a 92-page informational booklet, the guidance merely demonstrates how complicated the process is and doesn’t necessarily eliminate the risk of error.  It is for this reason that azcourts.gov issues the following warning: “ALL PARTIES TO A GARNISHMENT ARE STRONGLY URGED TO OBTAIN LEGAL ADVICE FROM AN ATTORNEY.”

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