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if I get social security disability can a creditor garnisment my check for an old bill

1 Answers. Asked on Dec 31st, 2014 on Social Security Disability - Alabama
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Answered on Jan 07th, 2015 at 9:54 AM

If you receive benefits from Social Security for disability, those benefits may not be subject to garnishment.  However, the funds must go in to an account that only has funds from your disability payments.  In other words, set up a new account, and have your funds direct deposited to that account. If you keep that account sacred, and no other deposits are made, you can demonstrate, if necessary, that the account should not be garnished because it is funds only for disability.

However, if other checks go into the account - for example, a spouse's paycheck, the account is no longer pure and would be subject to garnishment.

It is a sticky wicket, as they say, and one that often trips people up.

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