What to do if my employer commited suicide and now all his assets are frozen by the bank but I am unable too cash my payroll checks?

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What to do if my employer commited suicide and now all his assets are frozen by the bank but I am unable too cash my payroll checks?

Asked on April 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can try to either bring a lawsuit seeking "emergent" (think "emergency") relief in the form of a court order directing the bank to allow payment of your paychecks or, if there is an existing or pending legal action (such as one brought by the bank or by the employer's family), you can try to intervene in it as an interested party and seek the same relief (an order unfreezing assets sufficient to allow payment). Those, unfortunately, are your only options--you need a court  order directing the bank to pay you, and you can only do that by bringing your own lawsuit or intervening in an existing action. Ideally, you should get an attorney to help you--this can be complex; it's much more difficult than bringing your own small claims case, which is something a non-lawyer could credibly do--though if its not economically worthwhile to get an attorney, you could bring the action yourself.

Also, if you job is effectively terminated, since you can't be paid for working anymore, you may be able to apply for and receive unemployment benefits.


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