Published On: September 30, 2014
Are your Wages being garnished? The sooner you take action the better. Talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
The other day a caller said “I used a document preparer or bankruptcy petition preparer. Certainly they have obligations to keep my social security number confidential?” Unfortunately I had to say “Oh how wrong you are.”
Blake Ellis, writer for CNN Money, published an article that details the steps to go though if your wages are being garnished. Blake’s article mentions that each state has a different exemption allowance for garnishment. Arizona exemptions have the same 30% of the federal minimum hourly wages, per week or 75% of your net income, whichever is greater. This limit does not apply to child support or alimony. What the article does not point out is the right of a creditor to garnish your bank account (with no notice to you).
When someone contacts my office looking for a bankruptcy attorney in another state I usually refer them to the NACBA site (National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys).
Never contract with someone you do not meet in person. Do not assume that a lawyer is licensed; check them out with the state bar where they are licensed. Look for reviews and references. Lastly – unless you have lots of money to burn do not use the on-line legal services or document preparation.
Below are some videos that may help in your investigation about bankruptcy:
- The Chapter 7 Process
- The Chapter 13 Process
About the Author: Diane Drain
Diane is a well respected Arizona bankruptcy and foreclosure attorney. As a retired law professor, she believes in offering everyone, not just her clients, advice about bankruptcy and Arizona foreclosure laws. Diane is also a mentor to hundreds of Arizona attorneys.
*Important Note from Diane: Everything on this web site is offered for educational purposes only and not intended to provide legal advice, nor create an attorney client relationship between you, me, or the author of any article. Information in this web site should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from an attorney familiar with your personal circumstances and licensed to practice law in your state. Make sure to check out their reviews.*
“You folks are the BEST OF THE BEST in Arizona.” M.H.
You and Jay are the best attorneys I have ever had or needed and thank God for the Honorable Robert Gottsfield in recommending you folks – I would have never made it through the entire process without you and Jay and God Bless you both always and stay in touch as well. You folks are the BEST OF THE BEST in Arizona.
“My only regret is that I didn’t find Diane sooner.” K.H.
I can’t say enough good things about Diane. The way she handled my not typical circumstances was amazing. I was very nervous to start the bankruptcy process but Diane just has a very comforting way of explaining the whole process. My only regret is that I didn’t find Diane sooner. If you find yourself in a financial situation that you can’t correct on your own, please Call Diane Drain as soon as possible.
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