Saint Louis, MO asked in Contracts and Collections for Missouri

Q: Can a lawyer in MO garnish someone in Kansas?

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Ronald J. Eisenberg

  • Collections Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: It depends. Was the judgment issued through a Missouri court or a Kansas court? If it was a Kansas judgment, was the Missouri attorney counsel of record in the case? If it was a Kansas judgment, has it been registered here in Missouri? If it was a Missouri judgment, then a garnishment may be issued through the Missouri court and served on the garnishee in Missouri.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Bruce Alexander Minnick

  • Collections Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: Generally, yes, because of the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution of the United States--which requires all states in the union honor the judgments of all other states. However, as noted in Mr. Eisenberg's correct answer, each state can require adherence to their own relevant procedural laws, as long as the state law does not transgress the Full faith and Credit clause.

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