Phoenix, AZ asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona

Q: Can My attorney garnish my wages

My lawyer charged me $12,000 dollars to represent me in a child custody case. I was in an accident and broke my back and was out of work for 8 weeks and fell behind on my payments. She knew the issue as I kept her informed the entire time. Now she is telling me that she is going to garnish my wages if I don't pay her $400 a month. I am a single mom supporting four people and I don't have $400 a month to pay her. My question is, can she garnish my wages?

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Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: She can.

But she will have to sue you first and get a judgment. And then she can garnish your wages or put a lien on your property.

I don't agree with her threatening to garnish your wages, but on the other hand, you wouldn't eat at a restaurant and then skip out on the bill. So why would you be allowed to do the same to your attorney?

I'd recommend you call her and work something out. This seems like something that should be resolved without court intervention.

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