If they own it jointly with their spouse, then the property is probably exempt unless you have a judgment against both spouses. Most creditors understand that if they obtain a money judgment in a state other than Florida the creditor can transfer the judgment to Florida in order to pursue the debtor’s Florida assets. As a judgment creditor, Florida law provides numerous methods through which you can collect the sum owed to you from the judgment debtor. Also pick up a claim of exemption form, which you’ll need to give to the debtor. By using our site, you agree to our. Questions or comments? How much does it cost to record the judgment? How to Collect a Judgment in Florida Under the New Judgment Lien Law How do I collect a Judgment? wikiHow's Content Management Team carefully monitors the work from our editorial staff to ensure that each article is backed by trusted research and meets our high quality standards. How to Collect a Judgment in Florida Under the New Judgment Lien Law How do I collect a Judgment? It has been estimated that roughly 80% of judgments go uncollected. Creditors are often uniformed about how long they have to collect the foreign judgment in Florida. The judgment lien certificate can be found on the Department of State’s Internet website, at www.sunbiz.org. Virtually every lawyer in Florida will tell you that the life of a money judgment1 in this state is 20 years.2 Extensive research reveals no judicial or scholarly opinion to the contrary; but that statement is only partially accurate. Unfortunately, obtaining a money judgment is only the beginning because judgments do not automatically compel a debtor to pay. A judgment creditor obtains a $250,000 judgment against a judgment debtor, an individual who has no readily identifiable assets in his name, but who does own 100% of the membership interest in a Florida LLC. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/3\/34\/Collect-a-Florida-Judgment-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Collect-a-Florida-Judgment-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/3\/34\/Collect-a-Florida-Judgment-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/aid1204774-v4-728px-Collect-a-Florida-Judgment-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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