Attachment Execution Law and Legal Definition

Attachment execution refers to a garnishment, or a proceeding similar to that, in the enforcement of a judgment. It is a proceeding for the enforcement of a judgment for the payment of money where levy and sale of property of the debtor are inadequate for the purpose of enforcement.

“An attachment execution reaches effects and interests that cannot be taken on a writ of fieri facias, but it is execution process and its office is to appropriate the property of the defendant to the judgment which supports it. That which has a present and certain existence although its possession and enjoyment may be postponed for a time, may be seized by it, but it cannot grasp expectancies or contingent interests.” [Patterson v. Caldwell, 124 Pa. 455 (Pa. 1889)]