Colorado Springs, CO asked in Contracts, Consumer Law and Health Care Law for Colorado

Q: Can they garish your wages for a hospital bill back in 2004

it is also out the state I live in

1 Lawyer Answer
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Each state has a statute of limitations on debts (Colorado is 6 years--most are less, but the highest is Kentucky with 15 years). That said, it is possible that even though a debt has passed the SoL, it can be revived by the debtor (usually by acknowledging the debt). There is another possibility, some debt collectors simply violate the law--it is not right, but they can get away with it if they are not challenged. If you feel the garnishment was placed in error, the best advice is to contact an attorney. You may have a violation of state and/or federal laws or the garnishment may be valid (a lawyer will need to review the circumstances to give you an answer).

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