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When an individual has failed to pay his or her debts one of the “last resort” collection tools a creditor can use is to request that the court authorize a wage garnishment. This is also a tool commonly used by the government to collect past due taxes. A wage garnishment is a legal process through which a creditor can successfully collect upon a debt without having to rely on the debtor to make a payment. In cases where the court orders an individual’s wages to be garnished, the amount of the garnishment will be taken directly out of the individual’s paycheck prior to the check being issued. To help ensure an individual is not left without sufficient income to pay his or her bills there are limits set by Arizona law to dictate the amount and extent of wage garnishments.

If you suspect you are about to have your wages garnished, or you already have a wage garnishment order that has been issued against you, waste no time in contacting Dodge & Vega, PLC to seek counsel from one of our skilled bankruptcy attorneys. Whether your garnishment is as a result of credit card debt, past due alimony or child support payments, or back taxes, our attorneys will be able to advise you of the legal options available and help you determine how best to proceed. The attorneys at our firm have extensive experience with all types of finance-related issues. We understand what you are going through, and we are here to provide you with the aggressive representation you need. From start to finish, we will work with you closely with the objective of preventing your wages from being garnished or helping you get your wage garnishment orders lifted. This can often be accomplished very quickly, and for urgent cases, we move fast. Should you need to pursue the option of filing for bankruptcy we will use our 35 years combined experience to guide you through the entire process, and help you get the fresh start you rightfully deserve.

Bankruptcy often enables people to discharge much of their debt once the process is completed. Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 allow for the cancellation of many remaining debts, although the processes used are different. Chapter 7 uses the liquidation of nonexempt assets to repay creditors, and once the filing is complete, the individual will be released from many of their debts with remaining balances. In
Chapter 13, the court works with the individual to a reorganize their debts into a repayment plan that will last three to five years. Through more affordable monthly payments, the individual repays their creditors, and once the time period of the plan is complete, they are able to discharge many of the balances that remain.

Many people file for bankruptcy because they want to be rid of their debts, but it is important to know that there are certain types of debt that cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. The debts that you cannot cancel through bankruptcy include:

  • Student loans
  • Child support
  • Alimony payments
  • Debts incurred through fraud or deceit
  • Most unpaid taxes
  • Payroll taxes
  • Sales taxes
  • Property taxes
  • Willful tax evasion or fraudulent tax return
  • Criminal fines
  • Restitution
  • Drunk driving injury claims
  • Fines or penalties owed to a governmental unit
  • Damages owed to a victim for causing willful injury to their person or property
  • Expensive or luxury charges incurred shortly before filing for bankruptcy
  • Debts incurred after the repayment plan was created

If the majority of the types of debts you are struggling to repay are included on this list, you may need to consider bankruptcy alternatives to address your debts. Before making any decisions, speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can determine your options and assist you in pursuing relief from debt. Our team at Dodge & Vega has helped countless people file for bankruptcy and pursue financial freedom all across Arizona, and we would be proud to guide you in the fight to regain control of your finances. Do not hesitate to call our firm to discuss your unique situation and possible options!