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231 Pa. Code Rule 3303. Exemption from Attachment. Procedure.

Rule 3303. Exemption from Attachment. Procedure.

 (a)  A defendant claiming an exemption from attachment based upon the federal poverty income guidelines shall file the claim for exemption with the prothonotary within thirty days of service of the Notice of Intent to Attach Wages.

   Official Note

   For the form of the claim for exemption, see Rule 3312(b).

 (b)(1)  If the defendant files a claim for exemption of wages from attachment either within thirty days as required by subdivision (a) of this rule or prior to the issuance of the writ of attachment, the prothonotary shall not issue the writ of attachment and shall send a notice of the claim for exemption of wages from attachment to the plaintiff or, if represented, to the plaintiff’s attorney. The prothonotary shall attach a copy of the claim to the notice.

   Official Note

   For the form of the notice for exemption, see Rule 3312(c).

   (2)  If the defendant files a claim for exemption after the writ of attachment has been issued, the attachment of the defendant’s wages shall continue unless the defendant obtains a court order staying or vacating the attachment.

 (c)  A plaintiff who wishes to challenge the claim of exemption shall file a motion requesting the court to direct the prothonotary to issue a writ for the attachment of wages. The motion shall set forth facts which establish that the plaintiff is entitled to attach wages pursuant to Section 8127(a)(3.1) of the Judicial Code. If the motion on its face sets forth such facts, the court shall set a hearing date or set forth another procedure provided by Rule 208.4 as may be appropriate.


   The provisions of this Rule 3303 adopted December 21, 2005, effective one month after the date of the Order, 36 Pa.B. 176.

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