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I have lost my job a few months ago, got behind on bills and racked up a few judgements (one from an eviction). My only money is my unemployment that is direct deposited into my Fidelity Checking account. I have a a small (its being rapidly depleted to pay bills) IRA with Fidelity. I know in NY the law is that about $2500.00 of money in a checking account is protected from levy's if its direct deposited unemployment. Here is my concern; Fidelity is not a bank, its a brokerage. Also, Fidelity uses various clearing banks across the country to hold funds. So with this in mind, is the money in Fidelity still covered under New York's garnishment and levy laws?