Washington Debt Collection Laws and Statutes

Below you will find important information on Washington state debt recovery laws including: Washington Statutes, Judgments, Garnishments, Interest Rates, and Bad Check Laws.

STATE: WASHINGTON

Interest Rate

  • Legal: 12%
  • Judgment: 12%

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS (IN YEARS)

  • Open Account: 6
  • Written Contract: 6
  • Domestic Judgment: 10, renewable
  • Foreign Judgment: 10, renewable

BAD CHECK LAWS (CIVIL PENALTY)

Interest at rate specified in instrument or, if no specified rate, 12% interest plus collection costs up to $40. If taken to court, reasonable attorney fees, 3x value, or up to $300. Have 6 years to enforce a bad check.

GENERAL GARNISHMENT EXEMPTIONS

Greater of 75% or $154.50 week (30 x federal min. hourly wage).

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