Winning a case and being awarded a judgment doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll receive the money legally owed to you. The defendant is usually given enough time, often 30 days, to clear their debts. If you’ve won a case and you’re having difficulty collecting a small claims judgment, there are several legal avenues that you may pursue.

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Send a Demand for Money Owed Letter

Sending a certified Demand for Money Owed letter should be your first form of recourse. This letter will alert the debtor that it’s time to pay their debts. This can serve as proof that you’ve requested payment formally.

Obtain Proof

All of the methods in which you’ll be able to receive your judgment will require proof. This must be requested from the small claims court, and you’ll have a writ with the respective method of retrieval provided. This may be a:

  • Writ of execution
  • Writ of garnishment
  • Writ of attachment

This document must be provided to your local sheriff who will serve the document to the respective institute.

Wage Garnishment

Federal law allows a creditor, or you in this case, to garnish wages against a debtor. There are limits to how much money can be garnished per pay period, which may vary from state to state.

Real Estate Lien

A lien on a debtor’s property can be executed. This lien would be put against the property. When the property is sold or transferred, you will receive the money owed to you. Interest may also be collected at this time.

Bank Account Seizure

Called a bank levy, this allows for collecting small claims judgments directly from a debtor’s bank accounts. This method is complicated because you’ll need to know the debtor’s bank account number and where their bank is located. There are also some restrictions that apply,

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