Is Garnisheeing Social Security Legal? When people get into credit card trouble, courts sometimes work out repayment schemes that include garnisheeing wages and taking automatic bank withdrawals. But the Social Security Administration says the legality of garnisheeing Social Security benefits is questionable at best.
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Is Garnisheeing Social Security Legal?

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Is Garnisheeing Social Security Legal?

Is Garnisheeing Social Security Legal?

Is Garnisheeing Social Security Legal?

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When people get into credit card trouble, courts can work out repayment schemes. Those plans can include garnisheeing wages and taking automatic withdrawals from bank accounts. But the Social Security Administration says the legality of garnisheeing Social Security benefits is questionable at best. Alex Chadwick talks with personal finance contributor Michelle Singletary about how debtors should protect their money.