A legal proceeding in which a creditor (or other plaintiff) obtains a court order compelling a third party (e.g., a bank, the employer of a debtor or other defendant) to pay money earned by the defendant to the plaintiff. Up to a quarter of a debtor's wages can be deducted in this way. The "garnishee" is the person or entity (i.e., the bank or employer) that receives the court order not to release funds. If the garnishee mistakenly gives the money to the debtor, the garnishee will be liable to pay the creditor the amount that should have been set aside.

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