Congratulations! The Judge awarded you money. Now what? If you’re lucky, the defendant will voluntarily pay you via lump sum or pursuant upon an agreed upon fee schedule. Unfortunately, some defendants, called judgment-debtors, avoid paying judgments. One way to collect that judgment is by obtaining a writ of execution. Our collection attorney can help you accomplish this.
WHAT IS A WRIT OF EXECUTION?
A writ of execution is when the court grants an order to put in force a judgment of possession the plaintiff obtained from the court. As a collections attorney simply puts, a writ of execution is a judicial order to enforce a judgment by taking (or “levying”) some of the judgment-debtor’s property.
In New Jersey, depending on the court, the following officer will enforce the writ of execution:
- Special Civil Part court officer – for cases before the Small Claims Court (controversy is less than $3,000), Special Civil Part (controversy is less than $15,000), or Civil Part (controversy is more than $15,000) pursuant to the Judge’s order.
- Sheriff – Civil Part
Learn more on how a writ of execution works.
WHAT CAN I TAKE?
The writ of execution can place a levy on the judgment-debtor’s:
- Bank accounts, except for exempted funds
- Personal property, if there is more than $1,000 worth.
- Motor vehicles, if the vehicle is registered in the judgment-debtor’s name
SEEK A COLLECTION ATTORNEY
Our collection attorney in New Jersey is available to assist you in enforcing your judgments. Contact Snellings Law LLC at (973) 265-6100.