Personal Injury Law
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Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure that a debt is paid from a personal injury settlement unless that debt is for medical or legal services relating to the personal injury claim and there is a signed lien authorizing the payment to come directly from the settlement. Otherwise, you need to file a lawsuit for breach of contract and then collect on your judgment. If you can find out where the personal injury settlement money is being kept (i.e. with a particular bank) you can put a levy on that bank account and extract the money through a judgment collection action. But you need to go through these formal channels. You cannot redirect the funds from a personal injury settlement to satisfy your brother's debt. I wish I could tell you otherwise as I am sure this is a frustrating situation.
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