“How do I get rid of a lien from a judgment?”
We talk about what a judgment is in other articles, which you can find on our site.
There are two ways to make this happen.
One way to get rid of the lien is to get rid of the judgment.
Think of the judgment as the foundation for what the lien is supported by.
If the judgment goes away, then the lien collapses and goes away.
If you can do this, you need to make sure that the company that put the lien on your property knows that the judgment is gone as well. They need to release the lien so it won’t hurt you.
If the judgment is valid, however, you can get rid of the lien by paying it off.
Whatever the amount is, whether it’s $1 or the full amount of the judgment. Satisfy the judgment by paying an agreed upon amount.
Once you do that, the company that placed the lien on you should file a document into the court system to let the court know that you paid off the lien, and it should go away.
It basically let’s everyone know that there was a lawsuit and a judgment, and now that judgment has been taken care of.
What should you do next?
First, verify exactly the amount and date of the judgment.
Second, see if the judgment is valid — were you properly served if there was a default judgment. (This is the most common situation we see with judgments that surprise folks years after the fact). If you were not properly served, then attack the judgment.
Third, get with a consumer protection lawyer to help you either attack the judgment or settle it.
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