After receiving a judgment from a California court against someone who owes your business, you need to decide where to go from here. Enforcing a judgment can prove just as problematic as securing one. One option you may use to collect the money owed to you in connection with the judgment is through a wage garnishment.
The process seems simple. You use the court judgment to obtain an earnings withholding order. Then, you notify the individual’s employer and the individual of the wage garnishment. You then start to collect the money awarded to you by the court.
Unfortunately, the process may not be quite this simple. It may not be as easy as you think to gather the information needed in order to obtain the withholding order. Depending on the circumstances, the individual may attempt to “run and hide” from your enforcement efforts, which could mean changing jobs or even quitting. You will most likely need assistance in order to help ensure that you can begin collecting on your judgment as soon as possible.
A wage garnishment may sound like a good way to receive payment on your judgment, and it may be, but it may not be enough. You can only collect up to 25% of an individual’s wages and this may not cover the amount of the judgment. Moreover, you may have other, better options for collecting on it. In order to map out the best course of action to receive the money you are owed, you may want to discuss the matter with an experienced debt collection attorney.