New York Consolidated Laws, Social Services Law - SOS § 111-t. Authority to secure assets

The department or a social services district or its authorized representative, or another state's child support enforcement agency governed by title IV-D of the social security act, for the purpose of collecting overdue support, shall be authorized in accordance with all applicable provisions of law, to secure assets otherwise due a support obligor by:

1. intercepting or seizing periodic or lump sum payments due such obligor from:

(a) a state or local agency, including unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, and other benefits;  and

(b) judgments, settlements and lottery winnings;

2. attaching and seizing assets of such obligors which are held in financial institutions;

3. attaching public and private retirement funds of such obligors;  and

4. imposing liens against real and personal property owned by such obligors;  and where appropriate, forcing the sale of property owned by such obligors and distributing proceeds from the sale of such properties.

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