attachment

A court order seizing specific property, used both as a pre-trial provisional remedy and to enforce a final judgment.

Courts may attach a defendant's property as a provisional remedy to prevent the defendant from making herself judgment-proof.

In all but the most exceptional cases, courts must hold a hearing and follow other procedural safeguards before ordering attachment as a provisional remedy.

A court may attach a debtors' property to help pay their creditors, either by directly transferring the property to the creditors, or by selling it and giving the creditors the proceeds.

A court might attach part of a defendant's bank account to prevent her from transferring all of her money to an offshore account in a foreign country.

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