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On August 1st, I received a "Writ of Garnishment after Judgment"

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On August 1st, I received a "Writ of Garnishment after Judgment" in the mail addressed to Wells Fargo Bank. I in turn checked my bank account and found that they had already cleaned out my savings account but did not take anything out of my checking account in which I checked with the bank and "no" hold was entered on the account.
My question to you is as follows: I am retired living off of my social security check & pension check, that are directly deposited into my checking account. Can they monitor my checking account and take that money? If, they can should I have social security & pension check sent to me in check form?
What can they do about vehicle that are over 10 years old, 401K, camper that is over 12 years old and my home that is with Wells Fargo with no equity?

Good afternoon Clarence,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

So long as you have an account into witch ONLY your social security payment is sent, and you do not commingle other of your moneys in the account, that account will be immune to garnishment by your creditors.

If you have your regular pension check placed in the same account, then close that account immediately, and open up two accounts at a new bank---one for just your social security and on for your other payments received. And I suggest that you take the money out when you get it from your pension and operate in cash. That way the account cannot be levied on. You might also ask that your pension be paid to you by check from now on as well and you can cash that and keep the cash.

Your retirement benefits are not touchable until they get into your bank---so the 401K is protected. It is highly unlikely that they will do anything with your older car or camper.

If there is no hold on your checking account now, then close it out, leaving enough in there for outstanding checks only---and go to a new bank where the creditor won’t fine you.

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I wish you the best in 2013,


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