How do I collect $$ on a small claims judgement?

WiregirlWiregirl Posts: 1,695Registered Users
I won a small claims judgement of $1100, the judge said I may never collect the money. How do I go about collecting.

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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    You can hire a sheriff and have him or her go with you to try to collect in person. But the judge is right. You may never see that money.


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  • WiregirlWiregirl Posts: 1,695Registered Users
    I have their bank account number, would I be able to garnish it?
  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,381Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Ha funny timing. I'm getting ready to file a Supplement to Collect from a tenant I won a nearly $4000 judgement against. And never got a penny, that was 2 years ago ...

    The court doesn't enforce anything. So now my next step is to try to garnish this guy's wages, get a lien taxes..
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    You could get a court order to do a writ of garnishment, which is to garnish their wages. You can get a court order to get a lien on their property or belongings. You can get a court order to do a bank account garnishment. But don't try to do that on your own.


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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    whats the point of going to court if their are nothing in place to ensure these people will pay you??
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    You could get a court order to do a writ of garnishment, which is to garnish their wages. You can get a court order to get a lien on their property or belongings. You can get a court order to do a bank account garnishment. But don't try to do that on your own.


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    ok you answered as i was posting.

    you would think that maybe a law would be in place, that if the person doesnt pay after X ammount of time, that the garnishments would be put in place artimatically or something. it seems like people are being screwed out of their money. then when the courts say they can get it back that are again screwed out of money and time.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    You have to get the defendent's bank and job info and you can pay to have their accounts and wages garnished. if you don't have this information but you do have their home address you can subpeona them to court, put them on the stand and ask them under oath to supply this information or to sign a repayment agreement.

    You better run downtown...before they file bankruptcy!

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Springcurl wrote: »
    You could get a court order to do a writ of garnishment, which is to garnish their wages. You can get a court order to get a lien on their property or belongings. You can get a court order to do a bank account garnishment. But don't try to do that on your own.


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    It's no harder to do than a wage garnishment (in this state, anyway). You just have to know the bank and the account and have a copy of the judgment and the correct forms.

  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote: »
    You could get a court order to do a writ of garnishment, which is to garnish their wages. You can get a court order to get a lien on their property or belongings. You can get a court order to do a bank account garnishment. But don't try to do that on your own.


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    It's no harder to do than a wage garnishment (in this state, anyway). You just have to know the bank and the account and have a copy of the judgment and the correct forms.

    Yeah I don't think it's difficult. What I meant was don't just go to the bank and withdraw money.


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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,898Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Springcurl wrote: »
    Springcurl wrote: »
    You could get a court order to do a writ of garnishment, which is to garnish their wages. You can get a court order to get a lien on their property or belongings. You can get a court order to do a bank account garnishment. But don't try to do that on your own.


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    It's no harder to do than a wage garnishment (in this state, anyway). You just have to know the bank and the account and have a copy of the judgment and the correct forms.

    Yeah I don't think it's difficult. What I meant was don't just go to the bank and withdraw money.


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    Yeah, that would be a felony! LOL

  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Novice
    I asked my husband what to do. (He does this for a living.) He said the judgment should allow for reasonable collection costs so if he were you, he would just assign the judgment to a collection agency. They will do all the dirty work like making reasonable attempts to collect, garnishing wages and/or bank account, and reporting to the credit bureaus.

    You don't need to worry about a lien because the judgment automatically attaches a lien to any real property the person has in the state the judgment was filed in.

    He gave me the name of a collection agency you can call (Merchants). Let me know if you're interested and he said he can give you the name and/or number of someone to talk to.
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