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Does a New York State corporation have to garnish a NYS employees

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Does a New York State corporation have to garnish a NYS employee's wages pursuant to a wage garnishment issued by a Virginia court? Or can the NYS corporation return it to garnisher stating that VA court has no jurisdiction to garnish wages earned in NYS by a NYS resident?

Hello and welcome.

I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service. First, I have a question for you so I can determine what information to provide you.

Does the NY corporation have employees or offices in VA? Is the employee whose wages are being garnished work in VA or NY?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My NY corporation has no offices or clients in VA or any state other than NY. The employee works in NY.

Hello again, Katy.

Thank you for the additional information.

The VA order would not typically be effective in NY until the creditor has sought and obtained a NY order domesticating the judgment and obtaining an order of garnishment in NY.

The company should normally return the garnishment order to the creditor and request that they obtain a NY order since they would not typically be required to comply with a VA order where the company and employee are located in NY.

The employee may also wish to consider seeking to have the underlying judgment set aside if they were not previously located in VA since a VA court may not have had jurisdiction over the matter or the person in the case, which could provide a basis to vacate the judgment.

I hope this helps clarify the situation for you.

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