Federal Law prohibits the seizure of Social Security Disability Benefits to collect on a debt. But many debt collectors do not follow the law (what a surprise).
Debt collectors who have secured a money judgment sometimes go after money held in bank accounts of Social Security Disability recipients. This is illegal!
Typically once a debt collector has a legal judgment they will send the debtor’s bank what is called an “Order of Garnishment.” Normal banking practice, when presented with an Order of Garnishment, is to put a hold on the bank account, regardless of whether the monies in the account are those deposited by the Social Security Administration for disability, and therefore not legally subject to garnishment by the creditor. Debt collectors are getting around the law that prohibits the seizure of Social Security monies because banks are not checking to see if any of the money in the account is Social Security benefits.
New banking rules are now being written that are designed to stop debt collectors from using banks to seize your Social Security Disability benefits.If your bank gets an Order of Garnishment, the bank will now be required to check your account to see if you received any Social Security Disability benefits within the last 2 months. If so, your bank will be required to protect your Social Security Disability benefits from seizure.These rules will help protect you!
If someone you know has had their Social Security Disability claim denied, we can help. We are only a phone call away – Our phone number is 214-219-7288