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Social Security Benefits' Antiassignment Protections Under Attack

By Louise M. Tarantino, Catherine M. Callery & Barbara Samuels

Federal law historically exempted social security benefits from attachment except in rare situations. However, two recent federal court decisions and other statutory changes may have altered social security benefits' antiassignment protections. The law in this area is key to protecting clients' scarce income and resources from often illegal attachments.

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