If you have collected a foreign judgment from another state or country, a New Jersey foreign judgments attorney can be an invaluable asset in actually collecting the money.
No Need to File a Separate Lawsuit
As anyone who has had to file suit to recover a money judgment can tell you, getting the judgment and enforcing the judgment are two entirely different considerations. This is especially so when the judgment has been awarded outside of New Jersey. However, a New Jersey foreign judgments lawyer can explain that if you learn that the debtor has a bank account in New Jersey or works in New Jersey, there are immediate steps to be taken to collect on that judgment.
Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act
By law, a judgment outside of New Jersey, which is entitled to full faith and credit in New Jersey, can be filed by a New Jersey foreign judgments attorney with the Clerk of the Superior Court. Once domesticated, the judgment may be enforced as if it had been rendered in New Jersey.
Domesticating a Foreign Judgment
The process a New Jersey foreign judgments attorney takes to domesticate a judgment has certain limitations:
• Once filed with the court, the judgment debtor has 14 days in which to object to the judgment being domesticated
• The judgment creditor cannot take any action against the debtor in this 14 day period
Writ of Execution
If no objections were filed, the creditor is free to pursue available remedies to collect. A New Jersey foreign judgments lawyer can explain that a writ of execution allows the judgment creditor to garnish wages and levy bank accounts to collect on the amount owed.
Your New Jersey foreign judgments attorney will tell you that Writs of Execution do not extend to real estate and certain funds are exempt, such as:
• Social Security benefits
• Workers’ Compensation benefits
• Unemployment Benefits
• Child support
Contact a New Jersey Foreign Judgments Lawyer for Legal Advice
You have the judgment; collect the money. Start with a call to Snellings Law, LLC, a New Jersey foreign judgments attorney group, at 973.265.6100.