Debtors who have a judgment entered against them in another state will find that the judgment may be enforced in New Jersey as well. Similarly, an attorney at a New Jersey collections law firm can explain to you that foreign jurisdictions may also recognize New Jersey judgments.
As a result, creditors can generally pursue New Jersey debtors regardless of whether the debtor leaves the state or a foreign debtor enters the state. An experienced attorney can help you in this difficult process to enforce such orders under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.
Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act
Under this federal act, a New Jersey collections attorney can explain to you that a creditor may enforce a judgment, decree or order made in the U.S. in a New Jersey court. The order will typically be filed in a New Jersey Superior Court and a clerk of such court will treat the order in the same manner as if it were made in New Jersey. Under the Act, the debtor will be given 14 days to file an objection to the order.
Process to Enforce a Foreign Order Explained by a New Jersey Collections Attorney
To enforce a foreign order, the creditor generally needs to first submit an affidavit that provides the specifics of the order such as the date of entry and other circumstances of the order.
After the affidavit is submitted and the order is recorded, the order will be a lien against the debtor’s property. At this point, the creditor will have all the available resources under New Jersey law to enforce the order.
The debtor will also have rights under New Jersey law to fight and defend against the order. For example, the defendant may seek a stay of the order.
Contact a New Jersey Collections Law Firm
If you have any questions about the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, you should contact an experienced attorney. The federal law can be very complicated and an attorney at Snelllings Law LLC can help answer your questions. Call us at 973.265.6100 to learn more.