How to Know If a Bank Account Is Frozen

How to Know If a Bank Account Is Frozen

Reacting to a Frozen Account

Step 1

Call your bank to learn what agency or creditor has received a judgment to freeze your account. Ask as many questions regarding the issue as possible, including the name and contact information of the attorney representing the creditor. If you haven't received a notice of judgment in the mail yet, request that the bank sends it immediately.

Step 2

Stop any direct deposits to the account in question and cash your paychecks elsewhere, as you can still make deposits but you cannot make any withdrawals. Pay bills with cash or money orders until the matter has been reconciled.

Step 3

Determine how to release your frozen bank account. If you have a debt that's gone through past-due collections and you cannot repay the debt in full, creditors will sometimes work out a payment plan as long as you're proactive. Remember to ask for proof of payment. If you believe a judgment has been made in error, contact the attorney representing the creditor and provide proof of payment.