What is a judgment lien?
This is a procedure whereby you place a lien on the real estate owned by the judgment debtor. Just having the lien will not get your money for you. In order to use this as a direct method of collection, you will have to foreclose on the lien which is a complicated procedure for which you should have an attorney. The initial steps for obtaining a lien, however, require your getting a certificate of judgment from the court which granted the judgment and then filing the certificate with the clerk of the Common Pleas Court in any county where the judgment debtor my own real estate. The fee for a certificate of judgment is $15.

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1. How do I file a claim?
2. If I have a claim filed against me, how will I be notified?
3. What are my responsibilities as a plaintiff?
4. What does it mean when I have received a summons?
5. How do I file a counterclaim or cross claim?
6. How is a trial date set up?
7. What happens if I want a continuance?
8. What should I bring to a trial?
9. What should I do on my court date?
10. What if I fail to appear in court?
11. How do I find out about the court’s decision?
12. How should I collect the judgment?
13. What is a judgment lien?
14. How do I find property to garnish or attach?
15. How can I get help enforcing the judgment from the court?
16. What can I do if the debtors refuse to pay?