Q: Can wage garnishment happen if I never got anything about a hearing?
I just received documents in the mail yesterday stating my wages will be garnished for an apartment I lived in 5 years ago. I never received anything about a court date or how to settle. They are taking money from my paycheck starting this Friday. Can they cast a judgment without letting me know about it beforehand?
A: The rules for giving notice of a case being filed require the court's summons to be sent by certified postal mail and then regular mail, or by other methods. Depending on how the summons was delivered, that could have been deemed sufficient, even though you actually never received it. Talk to the attorney for the creditor to try to work it out, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.
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