The majority of U.S. states have enacted what’s known as the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, which establishes standard procedures for going after a debtor’s assets or properties across state lines. Here’s the basic process:
- Determine what state and county the debtor has relocated to.
- File your judgment in that state and county by mailing a certified copy of the original judgment to that county’s court clerk along with an affidavit showing the name and address of both you and the debtor.
- Once the court receives the documents, your filing is now part of the court record. At this point the court will notify the debtor of the judgment filing, or you might need to serve notice to the debtor yourself.
- Once this process is completed you may then proceed with collection efforts in accordance with the collections laws of that state.
If a judgment in your state was awarded by a federal court, it may be enforced by registering it in the federal district court which serves the region in the state where the debtor relocated to. You can then pursue collection efforts in the same manner as mentioned above.
The key to succeeding in enforcing a judgment across state lines is to hire a proven professional collections attorney. The Jayaram Law has an exceptional track record in business-to-business debt collection, having collected over 90% of all money due and outstanding to our clients.
The Jayaram Law routinely and successfully assists its clients in their business-to-business (b2b) collection needs. We take pride in obtaining payment on accounts receivables without fracturing critical business relationships or engaging in time-consuming and costly litigation efforts.
If you need business debt collection services conducted in a professional manner, contact our B2B (business-to-business) debt collection law firm by calling 312.454.2859 or visiting www.jayaramlaw.com.