Attachment

An attachment is a court order seizing specific property. Attachment is used both as a pre-trial [[wex:provisional_remedies|provisional remedy]] and to enforce a final judgment. 

Sometimes, courts attach a [[wex:defendant|defendant's]] property as a [[wex:provisional_remedies|provisional remedy]] to prevent the [[wex:defendant]] from making herself [[wex:judgment-proof]]. For example, a court might attach part of a [[wex:defendant|defendant's]] bank account to prevent her from transferring all of her money to an off-shore account. In all but the most exceptional cases, courts must hold a hearing and follow other procedural safeguards before ordering attachment as a [[wex:provisional_remedies|provisional remedy]]. See [[wex:provisional_remedies|Provisional Remedies]]; [[wex:due_process|Due Process]].

Courts often attach debtors' property to help pay their creditors, either by directly transfering the property to the creditors, or by selling it and giving the creditors the proceeds. See [[wex:debtor_and_creditor|Debtor and Creditor Law]].

[[wex:quasi_in_rem|Quasi in rem]] subtype 2 jurisdiction is sometimes called "attachment jurisdiction." See [[wex:quasi_in_rem|quasi in rem]].