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Frequently Asked Questions About Judgment Collection

Q: So, how do you collect judgments?
A: Once a judgment is assigned to us, we have a number of legal methods available to us which we utilize to collect judgments.

Some of these methods include:

  • Locating and foreclosing on real estate owned by the debtor or fraudulent transferee’s.
  • Seizing automobiles, motorcycles, boats, personal watercraft and other toys, then selling them at a public auction.
  • Locating hidden bank and brokerage accounts and seizing those funds.
  • Locating employment of the debtor and garnishing those wages.
  • Obtaining a Court order to garnish the wages of the debtor’s spouse.
  • Piercing through asset protection schemes and corporate veils.
  • Seizing shareholders interests in corporations and obtaining charging orders to attach interests in LLC’s and partnerships.
  • Sheriff till taps (emptying the cash register of a business)
  • Sheriff keepers (instructing the sheriff to spend all day in a debtors business and seize all money that the business generates)
  • Subpoena records from friends, family and other businesses to discover assets.
  • Obtain court orders to force third parties (friends, family, business associates, etc.) to testify regarding the debtors assets.
  • Place liens on business and personal property of the debtor.

And a whole lot more!

Q: Will I have to pay any out of pocket expenses in enforcing the judgment?
A: No, we advance all expenses and petition the court to add any allowed costs to the balance of the judgment.

Q: How long does the collection process take?
A: Results are measured on a case by case basis, typically results can be seen after 60 to 90 days, but each case varies, and in some instances the collection process can take several years.

Q: How long is my judgment good for?
A: In California, judgments are enforceable for 10 years, and can be extended by petitioning the court prior to their expiration.

Q: Are you just a collection agency?
A: No, we are a judgment enforcement company. Collection agencies usually send out nasty letters and call the debtor on the phone demanding payment, which is rarely effective. Typically the only time we speak with the debtor is during a deposition when we have ordered them into court to testify under penalty of perjury as to their financial affairs. We focus on locating the debtor’s assets and wages, and then obtain a court order to seize those assets or garnish their wages.

 


 
 
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