Garnishor vs. Garnishee

By Jaxson

  • Garnishee

    Garnishment is an American legal process for collecting a monetary judgment on behalf of a plaintiff from a defendant. Garnishment allows the plaintiff (the “garnishor”) to take the money or property of the debtor from the person or institution that holds that property (the “garnishee”). A similar legal mechanism called execution allows the seizure of money or property held directly by the debtor.

    Some jurisdictions may allow for garnishment by a tax agency without the need to first obtain a judgment or other court order.

  • Garnishor (noun)

    A person who garnishes; one who obtains a garnishment against another.

  • Garnishee (noun)

    the person whose money is garnished

  • Garnishee (verb)

    To have (money) set aside by court order (particularly for the payment of alleged debts); to garnish.

    “Her bank account was garnisheed to pay an outstanding tax debt.”


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