Income Execution Law and Legal Definition
Income execution is the legal process of enforcing a judgment. It refers to the garnishment for the purpose of collecting a judgment out of income of the judgment debtor.
Generally, to enforce a judgment, the judgment creditor may seek an order from the court to have the appropriate authority seize property of the judgment debtor in order to satisfy the judgment. In the case of an income execution, the court orders a portion of the judgment debtor's wages or other property held in an amount to satisfy the judgment.
The following is an example of a state statute (New York) on form of income execution:
NY CLS CPLR § 5231. An income execution should specify the name and address of the person from whom the judgment debtor is receiving or will receive money; the amount of money, the frequency of its payment and the amount of the installments to be collected therefrom; and should contain a notice to the judgment debtor that he should commence payment of the installments specified to the sheriff forthwith and that, upon his default, the execution will be served upon the person from whom he is receiving or will receive money.