Court Says Independent Contractor Can Assert Head of Household Exemption

Clients planning for asset protection sometimes debate whether they should work as an employee or as an independent contractor. Employee wages are subject to a continuing wage garnishment, but the Florida Statute 222.11 clearly exempts wages paid to one who is head of household. Payments to independent contractors may be garnished, but garnishment is more…

Garnishment of Malpractice or Injury Claim After Resolution

One of my clients has a claim against a physician for medical practice, but he also has money judgments against him arising out of commercial foreclosure during the real estate recession. He is considering settling his malpractice claim. He ask whether his judgment creditor can garnish the claims or the proceeds of a settlement. A…

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Fishermen Exempt From Wage Garnishment: Federal Law

Federal law wage garnishment rules are different than Florida’s rules and exemptions from wage garnishment. For instance, federal law permits garnishment of 15% of net wages without regard to any state exemptions. I just learned about a federal wage garnishment exemption I had never before encountered in asset protection work. Federal statute 46 USC 11109…

Administrative Wage Garnishment of Head of Household Debtor

A client called me for assistance dissolving a garnishment of his wages on the grounds that he is head of household in Florida. Florida statutes provide that creditors may not garnish wages of a Florida debtor who is head of household. The garnishment was initiated by a collection agent who had purchased a judgment in…

Does Dependent Adult Child Support Head of Household Garnishment Exemption

An attorney called me about one of their clients who is being forced to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy because his wages were garnished. The attorney said that the client supported an adult child living at home. The attorney asked whether the judge properly denied the debtor’s head of household wage exemption and whether wages held…