Judgment Collection

Collection of a judgment can sometimes be more difficult and expensive than obtaining it in the first place.

Once you have endured the lawsuit process and have obtained a judgment, the next step is collection. One powerful collection tool is to record the judgment. A.R.S. §33-961 (A) provides that the recording of a judgment creates a judgment lien against any real property either currently owned or subsequently acquired by the judgment debtor in the County where recorded. In practice, a judgment lien will usually be paid if the real property is sold or refinanced. But not always. Beware of A.R.S. §33-961 (C) which requires that a judgment information statement be attached to the judgment.