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Question: I am about to be sued for an old credit card debt. I am permanently disabled and on social security only. Can my social security be garnished?

Answer:

The answer to your question can be found on the frequently asked questions section of the U.S. Social Security Administration website. The site explains what types of garnishments against social security benefits are permissible and impermissible.

In addition, the site references 42 U.S.C. 407(a), which states:

The right of any person to any future payment under this title shall not be transferable or assignable, at law or in equity, and none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this title shall be subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law.

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