How Can My Judgment Expire?

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Judgments do not last forever. Pay close attention to start and end dates if you have received a judgment from the court. The statute of limitations begins at different times depending upon which state your judgment has been rendered. This is very important because a lapsed judgment can become void and unenforceable. An unenforceable judgment is a waste of your time because after all that time in court and filing paperwork you are back at where you started. Avoid a lapsed judgment by enforcing your judgment as quickly as you can. Debtors are clever and will do everything in their power to avoid responsibility.

How long do I have to collect on my Judgment?

This depends upon the statute of limitations in your state. Every state in the United States has their own statute of limitations and it is important to know how long you have to collect on your judgment without worrying about the statute of limitations. View our statute of limitations chart to find your state’s judgment expiration times. Although the courts give an ample amount of time to collect, debtors are notorious for avoiding responsibility even after a judgment has been made.

What do I do if my Judgment expires?

Unfortunately, if your judgment expires past the statute of limitations and you have not petitioned the court for an extension, your judgment may become void and unenforceable. If this occurs, it means that you will not legally be allowed to collect on your judgment. Also, in some states, a judgment that has lapsed past the statute of limitations can be revived. Timing of all these matters depend heavily on your states laws towards judgments. In some states, judgments begin and end depending upon attempts to collect. While in other states, the judgment date begins the day the judgment is rendered and ends directly with the statute of limitations.

Can I get my Judgment reinstated if it expires?

If it has expired past the statute of limitations and you have not petitioned the court for an extension, no(depending upon state). That is why it is a serious matter to keep track of time with your judgment. Letting a judgment expire is as if you never got the judgment in the first place. In some states, you might be lucky and have the chance to revive a lapsed judgment, but if the judgment was rendered in a state that doesn’t allow judgments to be revived you can lose the ability to enforce your judgment.

Are there such things as Judgment extensions?

Yes. Every state has provisions for the court to issue extensions on judgments where they may apply. If you are dealing with a debtor who has been avoiding a judgment for years, make sure to check extension timing in order to properly file for an extension on your judgment. In many states, you can file for extension indefinitely, which means as long as you file for an extension then your judgment will last in perpetuity. While in other states, extensions are only issued a once or twice.

Understand your court ordered judgment and how to enforce it before time runs out. A lapsed judgment has the potential of becoming null and unenforceable, rendering your judgment useless. Avoid this at all costs by enforcing your judgment as quickly as possible. If you have received a judgment from the courts and need help figuring out how to enforce it, the professionals at WritReady are standing by to aid you in your quest to collect on your judgment. Whether you have just received a judgment, or you have been sitting on a judgment for years, we can help you get the information you need to get what you are owed.