Garnishment on a Joint Bank Account

by Martha
(Washington State)

I was not married to my current husband who is in the miltary, when a judgement was brought against me. can they levy our current joint acct for the monies they claim I owe?.I was never properly served for the inital case. An now they are telling me I must appear in Va but I live in Washington state, and don't have the money to go to Va. this case was first heard in 1995. how long can they draw this out?

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Aug 24, 2011
Garnishment on a Joint Bank Account
by: Debtcollectionanswerscom

I am afraid that they can go after the money in your joint account to collect on a judgment against you. It is your account as well as your spouse's so the money in it belongs to you as well as to him.

As for the rest of the issues you raise in your question, I recommend that you talk with a consumer law attorney in your area who specializes in helping resolve debt collection problems.Find out how to get FREE or low cost legal advice about debt collection from a consumer law attorney here. This is because your situation sounds complicated and some of the information you provided in your question is confusing. For example, I am not clear why you are being told to appear in VA for a case that was first heard in 1995, more than 10 years ago. Have you been appealing it? Also, I do not know whether even at this late date, you might be able to use the fact that you were not legally served to help you in your legal situation. These are all matters for an attorney to address and I am not an attorney. Even an hour of an attorney's time would be money well spent and would not cost a lot.

Good luck!

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