2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 18-4-97 (2010)
TITLE 18 - DEBTOR AND CREDITOR
CHAPTER 4 - GARNISHMENT PROCEEDINGS
ARTICLE 5 - ANSWER BY GARNISHEE AND SUBSEQUENT PROCEEDINGS
§ 18-4-97 - Right of garnishee to actual reasonable expenses in making true answer of garnishment; procedure for collection; reimbursement
18-4-97. Right of garnishee to actual reasonable expenses in making true answer of garnishment; procedure for collection; reimbursement
(a) The garnishee shall be entitled to his actual reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, in making a true answer of garnishment. The amount so incurred shall be taxed in the bill of costs and shall be paid by the party upon whom the cost is cast, as costs are cast in other cases. The garnishee may deduct $25.00 or 10 percent of the amount paid into court, whichever is greater, not to exceed $50.00, as reasonable attorney's fees or expenses.
(b) If the garnishee can show that his actual attorney's fees or expenses exceed the amount provided for in subsection (a) of this Code section, he must petition the court for a hearing at the time of making his answer without deducting from the amount paid into court. Upon hearing from the parties, the court may enter an order for payment of actual attorney's fees or expenses proven by the garnishee to have been incurred reasonably in making his answer.
(c) In the event the garnishee makes the deduction permitted in subsection (a) of this Code section but the costs are later cast upon the garnishee, the garnishee shall forthwith refund to the defendant the funds deducted; and, if the costs are later cast against the plaintiff, the court shall enter judgment in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff for the amount of the deductions made by the garnishee.
(d) Nothing in this Code section shall limit the reimbursement of costs incurred by a financial institution as provided by Code Section 7-1-237.
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