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Garnishments: When a person’s salary is intercepted by a levying officer and is given to the judgment creditor to satisfy a judgment.

Judgment: A judgment, order or decree entered in court.

Judgment Creditor: The person in whose favor a judgment is ordered.

Levy: A process to obtain property or cash from the judgment debtor to satisfy a court judgment.

Levying Officer: The sheriff or marshal who is responsible for making levies under a Writ of Execution.

Lien: A claim on property for payment for a debt.

Money Judgment: Part of a judgment that required the payment of money.

Writ of Execution: A legal document issued by the court which permits a levy on the judgment debtor’s property.

Sister State Judgment: A legal document that allows a judgment issued in one state to be collected in another state.  Each state has its own requirements for such a conversion.


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