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California - Serving Post-Judgment Documents

Aim For First-Attempt Resolutions

Wage Garnishments and Bank Levies are served at a business or bank, and service should be completed within a week of receiving the documents. This should regularly require one attempt, even if the address is incorrect. 

Serving Wage Garnishments:

Wage Garnishments will be served upon a business or a Registered Agent of that business.

There are circumstances in which you might serve a Registered Agent for a business, while not actually at the location of that business. Always go to the location indicated on the Service Coversheet and ask for whomever can accept documents on behalf of the listed entity. Deliver the documents to them after you have obtained their name and position. Before handing over the documents:

  • Get the name of the person you will hand them to.
  • Fill out the Earnings Withholding Order  page , with a blue ink pen, with the date, your name and signature, and by checking the "Registered process server" box.
EWOsigned

Now submit a service in the Mobile App with the details of the service.

Wage Garnishments should never be served to the person whose wages are being garnished, even if they are present. Serve only to the appropriate Registered Agent or manager. The single exception to this rule is if you are serving a small business and the person whose wages are being garnished is in fact the Registered Agent for the company or business. 

Serving Bank Levies:

Bank Levies will be served to a teller or manager on duty, or a third-party Registered Agent for the bank. Similar to Wage Garnishments, you may be asked to serve at a business that is not an actual bank. Simply ask for whomever can accept documents on behalf of that bank. Before handing over the documents:

  • Get the name of the person you will hand them to.
  • Fill out the Notice of Levy page with a blue ink pen by checking the "Delivered On" box with the date, printing and signing your name, and checking the "Registered process server" box.
Levy to Bank

Bank Levy Post-Service Mailing:

Now submit a service in the Mobile App with the details of the service.

After service of a bank levy:

  • The second copy of the writ in the service packet can be found with a prepaid envelope attached. This should be sent to the judgment debtor on the same day as the service. It is critical that you perform this on the same day.
  • Make sure to check the "Mailed On" box and mark the date of service. Use the attached envelope with the documents positioned so that the debtor's name and address are showing through the clear window in the envelope. See the example to the right, "Copy Mailed to Defendant."
Levy in Mail

Non-Service of either a Wage Garnishment or Bank Levy:

If you arrive at a vacant lot, or come across an incorrect address, then log a "Bad Address" in your Mobile App. Under no circumstances can these documents be served at a different address, even if the address is off by a single number, as it will be rejected by the sheriff. Simply mark the bad address and mail the documents back to your usual mailing office. 

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