How long is my Judgment Enforceable
Judgments are not enforceable forever and are limited by the statute of limitations. In some cases, judgments can be extended indefinitely if a debtor continues to evade paying what they owe, but these circumstances only occur in certain states. View our list of the statute of limitations in every state. After knowing when the statute of limitations ends, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the judgment extension process of your state. Debtors will avoid paying and time will fly by quicker than anticipated. Don’t allow your judgment to lapse and become unenforceable because you forgot to file for an extension.
Does my Judgment have a time limit to enforce?
Yes, your judgment has a time limit to enforce. This time limit is dictated by the statute of limitations in your state and if the time limit has passed, your judgment will be void and unenforceable. There are states that allow for a lapsed judgment to be revived and reinstated. Do not allow your judgment to lapse by enforcing your judgment as soon as possible. Waiting is usually what made you get a judgment in the first place, and if it becomes unenforceable, what was the point? Save time, money, and stress by enforcing your judgment with WritReady.
Why does my Judgment have a time limit to enforce?
Judgments do not last forever because they must follow the statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations has run its course, your judgment will no longer be enforceable unless you petition the courts for an extension. Debtors have rights and the statute of limitations helps make sure that creditors follow the law when it comes to enforcing judgments. However, the courts understand that debtors will avoid responsibility as long as they possibly can and that is why they allow for extensions on judgments.
If I run out of time on my Judgment, is it still enforceable?
In some states, judgments are “revivable”. This means that if the statute of limitations has run its course, the judgment may be revived and made enforceable again. In other states, they do not allow judgments to be revived after the statute of limitations has run its course. Running out of time on your judgment is not necessarily the end of your judgment. Make sure to figure out how the statute of limitations affects your judgment in order to get what you are owed before time runs out.
How do I extend my Judgment?
It is easier than it might seem to extend your judgment depending upon your state. In some states, you can extend your judgment indefinitely until your debtor pays what is owed. In other states, it is necessary to enforce your judgment within one or two extensions. Please refer to the chart if you do not know your State’s statute of limitations. Each state has a different statute of limitations and different starting and ending times. If you are unsure of the length of your judgment, it is best to contact your legal counsel for specific dates.
Always make sure to collect on your judgment within a reasonable amount of time because if you do not collect, your judgment may become void and unenforceable if it goes past the statute of limitations. Why go through the process of obtaining a judgment if you don’t intend to enforce the judgment? It doesn’t make much sense to waste your own time to get a judgment only to let it lapse and become unenforceable. Use the professionals at WritReady to get the information you need to enforce your judgment.