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When a court issues an order of attachment, the court seizes property.  This is most common in connection with enforcing a judgment.  For example, if a defendant fails to pay money that he owes plaintiff after being found liable to the plaintiff at trial, the plaintiff may be able to have a court issue an order of attachment to seize the defendant’s property to satisfy the judgment.   In rare instances, a court may issue an order of attachment before a trial starts to ensure that the property is not transferred or hidden.  For example, a plaintiff may be able to convince the court to attach certain assets in the defendant’s possession at the earliest stages of the case, if there is a risk that the defendant will transfer the assets out of the court’s jurisdiction.

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