By: Robert J. Nahoum On November 23, 2022, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation banning and wage garnishments and home judgment liens in medical-debt collection cases. No one should face the threat of losing their home or falling into further debt after seeking medical care, Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud to sign legislation today that will end this harmful […]
NY Bans Medical Debt Judgment Liens and Wage Garnishments
Can Wages be Garnisheed During the Corona-Economy?
While sheltered in place and so many businesses closed, the Covid-19 pandemic is causing extraordinary economic distress for so many working families. As we all stockpile food and supplies, every penny we earn is precious and necessary to keep our families safe and comfortable during this crisis. Few of us can afford to give up 10% of our salary to […]
New York Wage Garnishments During the Corona-Economy
THE PROBLEM While sheltered in place and so many businesses closed, the Covid-19 pandemic is causing extraordinary economic distress for so many working families. As we all stockpile food and supplies, every penny we earn is precious and necessary to keep our families safe and comfortable during this crisis. Few of us can afford to give up 10% of our […]
Can a Debt Collector Garnishee My Unemployment Check to Satisfy a Judgment in New York?
By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: You’ve lost your job and fallen on hard times. Debt collectors have been after you, some have even sued. A judgment has now been entered against you. You are on a fixed budget and your only source of income is unemployment. You’re worried that the debt collector will garnishee your unemployment check. Can they […]
What is the New York Exempt Income Protection Act?
By: Robert J. Nahoum A debt collector with a New York state court judgment has a powerful tool at its disposal to enforce the judgment and collect money from the judgment debtor called a restraining notice. A restraining notice is a judgment enforcement device that restrains anyone holding property of the judgment debtor from releasing that property. The most common […]
Debt You Thought You Paid Off Through Debt Settlement
By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: I have written before about debt settlement and how it works. To be clear, I am no fan of debt settlement and think that it is generally a bad idea for any consumer. In my opinion, the better mechanism for dealing with debt is usually a chapter 7 bankruptcy. A common problem we see […]
Can You Have Your Wages Be Garnisheed by More Than one Judgment Creditor at a Time?
By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM The economy has been rough for so many working people. Like many others you relied on credit cards to make ends meet between jobs. Now that you’re working again, you’re trying to pick up the pieces. The credit card companies don’t care what your story is, they don’t care how you got where you […]
Treadmill of Lost Wages: New York Wage Garnishment and Judgment Interest
By: Robert J. Nahoum For debt collectors, being awarded a judgment in court is the easy part; enforcing the judgment and collecting the money poses a much greater challenge. There are a variety of tools available for enforcing judgment but the most prolific may be the wage garnishment. In a far reaching report produced by NPR and ProPublica, it was […]
Help, My Wages Are Being Garnisheed!
By: Robert J. Nahoum In New York, one of the most effective ways for a debt collector to collect on a judgment is to garnishee your wages. While the debt collector can only recover 10% of your wages, he hopes that he can shame and embarrass you into paying more before your employer finds out. Importantly, you must first understand that […]