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How to Collect Money After Winning a Judgement

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To collect money after winning a judgment, you can follow these steps: First, confirm the judgment is final and no appeals are pending. Next, identify the debtor's assets and income sources. Then, consider negotiation or mediation with the debtor to avoid further legal action. If necessary, use legal tools like wage garnishment, bank levies, or property liens to enforce the judgment and recover the owed funds.

Securing a money judgment in small claims court cases is only half the battle. The filing process and hiring a lawyer can also be challenging. The more daunting task often lies in collecting the funds awarded by the small claims judgment. Garnishment can be a challenge, especially when dealing with a stubborn judgment creditor. This process requires an understanding of legal procedures, court judgment rights, and money judgment post-verdict. It also involves knowledge about the role of a court clerk in a lawsuit. From navigating through small claims court legal documents to enforcing court judgment writs, it's crucial to comprehend the complexities of a lawsuit and the role of an enforcement officer to ensure satisfaction of your claim. Small claims cases involve dealing with judgment debtors and creditors where equity might not always equate to ability, and where titles like judgment creditor don't guarantee immediate payment from the judgment debtor after filing. Consider exploring options such as selling your judgment to a collection agency, which can streamline the collection process and provide you with a quicker resolution.



Identifying judgement Debtors and Assets

Locating the Debtor is Key

After securing a court judgment as a creditor, the next step is enforcement, collecting your money from the debtor's bank. The first hurdle? Finding the debtor.

Without the county clerk, city court, or sheriff knowing their whereabouts, you can't collect your small claims judgment from the debtor. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Asset Identification Matters

You've located your debtor. Great! Now, it's time to identify their assets.

Why so? Well, these properties are what you, as the creditor, will seize from the judgment debtor to get your money back, using the right documents. No assets mean no repayment.

Legal Tools at Your Disposal

There are legal tools to help you out here. One such tool is an information subpoena.

This information subpoena, issued by the creditor, requires the debtor to disclose their property assets and income sources, under a writ. Think of a writ as a creditor's information subpoena, essentially saying, "Show me the money!" on a transcript.

Another tool is a judgment debtor exam. This is where the court, through an information subpoena, asks the debtor about their finances under oath for a creditor's judgment, filed with the county clerk.

If they lie or refuse to provide the writ-related information, they could face serious execution penalties from the creditor. It's like playing truth or dare with high stakes!

Filing and Perfecting Real Estate Liens

Understanding the Lien Filing Process

Filing a real estate lien is like a creditor filling out writ forms against a judgment debtor. You head to your city court's office with all your creditor execution forms in order. This includes the court's judgment, proof of claim from the creditor, and a list of debtor’s real property for execution. The clerk will help you file the lien.

  • Step 1: Gather all necessary documents
  • Step 2: Visit the county clerk's office
  • Step 3: File your creditor lien with the city court clerk, targeting the judgment debtor, for execution assistance.

Importance of Perfecting Liens

Perfecting liens is crucial for a creditor in securing a claim on a judgment debtor's property through court execution. As a creditor, it gives you legal rights over the debtor's real estate in court if they fail to pay up, leading to a judgment and possible execution. A perfected lien, often a result of a court judgment, appears on credit reports, making it hard for debtors to sell or refinance their property without settling their debts to the creditor.

Dealing With Real Estate Assets

Real estate assets can be tricky business. They're not like cash that you can just collect. Sometimes, selling these properties takes time due to market conditions or location issues, especially when dealing with a court judgment debtor. But once sold, they can cover large debts.

Remember: Patience is key when dealing with real estate assets, especially in court and when handling a judgment debtor!



Seizing Personal Property or Assets

Exempt vs Non-Exempt Assets

When you've won a judgement as a judgement debtor, collecting the money from the court may involve seizing assets. The first step in dealing with a judgment debtor is to differentiate between exempt and non-exempt assets as per the court's guidelines.

  • Exempt property in a court judgment can include things like a debtor's home or car.
  • Non-exempt assets of a judgment debtor, as determined by the court, might include extra vehicles, vacation homes, or investments.

Knowing this difference is important for your next move.

Legal Process of Seizure

Seizing personal property isn't a walk in the park. It involves some legal processes.

  1. File an enforcement action with your local city court.
  2. Obtain an arrest warrant for the debtor's assets.
  3. Have a court enforcement officer, like a sheriff or constable, carry out the seizure on the judgment debtor.

This ensures everything is done by the book.

Consequences for Debtors

Debtors who refuse to surrender their assets face consequences. This could be contempt of court charges leading to fines or even jail time for the judgment debtor!

For example:

  • In one court case study, a debtor was found guilty in the judgment of contempt after refusing to surrender his luxury sports car.
  • Statistics reveal that 30% of debtors initially resist court-ordered asset seizures but ultimately comply when faced with the judgment's legal consequences.

Remember: knowledge is power! Understanding these court steps and consequences can help you collect from a judgment debtor what you're owed more effectively and legally.



Tips for Effective judgement Collection

Persistence Pays Off

Collecting money from a judgment debtor after winning a judgement requires patience and persistence. It's not always a walk in the park.

  • You might need to follow up multiple times.
  • Sometimes, it takes months or even years to collect the full amount from a judgment debtor.

Use Professional Help

Consider employing a collection agency. They have the skills and knowledge to assist a judgment debtor.

  • Collection agencies understand how to navigate legal hurdles.
  • Judgment debtors can be more effective in getting your money back.

But remember, they'll charge a fee for their services. Make sure it's worth it!

Stay Legal

Ensure you're on the right side of the law throughout this judgment debtor process. The last thing you want is to face a judgment or get into legal trouble while trying to collect your own money!

  • Don't harass or threaten the debtor.
  • Always follow instructions from your local help center.

Renewing Your judgement: A Must-Know

Understanding Judgment Renewal

Judgments need renewal after a few years. This is to keep your claim active.

Renewal means you're updating your judgment. You let the court know that you haven't collected your judgment money yet.



The Journey of Money Collection

Collecting money after winning a judgment can be an intricate process. However, with a comprehensive understanding of the debtor's assets and effective strategies such as filing real estate liens, seizing personal property, and renewing your judgment, you can navigate this journey successfully. If your judgment arises from a small claims court case, be sure to familiarize yourself with the specific procedures and limitations of that court, as they can vary from regular civil court processes. It's crucial to approach each step with careful judgment, methodically consulting with legal professionals when necessary.

We encourage you to explore our judgment resources further for more detailed insights on each step of the collection process. Remember, knowledge is power in ensuring that justice and sound judgment are served. Let us assist you in making this judgment process less daunting and more rewarding.

How Debexpert Can Help You to Collect Money After Winning a Judgement

Debexpert, as an international debt trading platform, can be a valuable resource for collecting money after winning a judgment. Here's how Debexpert can assist you in this process:

  1. List Your Judgment: Create a listing for your judgment on the Debexpert platform. Describe your case and the judgment amount you're trying to collect.
  2. Connect with Buyers: Interested buyers on the platform will review your listing and submit offers. You can communicate with potential buyers to negotiate terms.
  3. Professional Guidance: Access Debexpert's network of debt collection professionals who can provide expert advice on the best strategies to collect your judgment.
  4. Streamlined Transactions: Debexpert streamlines the process, making it easier to find a buyer for your judgment and expedite the collection of funds.
  5. Secure Your Funds: Ensure you receive the funds you're owed after winning a judgment without unnecessary delays.

Don't wait for your debtor to pay – explore the possibilities with Debexpert and take control of your post-judgment collection process today.

Written by
Ivan Korotaev
Debexpert CEO, Co-founder

More than a decade of Ivan's career has been dedicated to Finance, Banking and Digital Solutions. From these three areas, the idea of a fintech solution called Debepxert was born. He started his career in Β Big Four consulting and continued in the industry, working as a CFO for publicly traded and digital companies. Ivan came into the debt industry in 2019, when company Debexpert started its first operations. Over the past few years the company, following his lead, has become a technological leader in the US, opened its offices in 10 countries and achieved a record level of sales - 700 debt portfolios per year.

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