Oakdale, TN asked in Collections for Tennessee

Q: Can a garnishment get more money than what was on the judgement? Like interest?

Had a judgement for $3000 and was paid weekly from check till $0 balance. Now they sent in another for an additional $548 saying it was interest. Is this legal?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Anthony M. Avery

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Money Judgments usually carry interest, Court Costs and fees due the Serving Officer. It can be very difficult to determine the exact amount owed at any certain time. Usually you can compute it for the end of a month, but neither the Courts nor the Judgment Creditor are bound by your computations. I would compute it myself based on the exact language in the Judgment through the end of a month, then call the Court Clerk and ask if that amount will satisfy the Judgment in full. If you really think the Judgment is paid, you can move the Court to Quash the Garnishment.

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