Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Once you get your judgment in small claims court, you must get it transferred to district or superior court. From there you can garnish his wages and his bank accounts. The court does not do that. You have to. It could be difficult, especially if the person has "disappeared". Sounds like a dead beat.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Walpole Law | Robert J. Walpole
Sorry. If the person can not be found, there is nothing you can do until he can be found. Then you can use legal collection methods such as garnishment. You can do that without a lawyer as most of the forms are provided by the court clerk. Any money spent on court costs, etc., possibly even using a private investigator to attempt to find this person, are recoverable. Please note that in Oklahoma if a garnishment isn't filed or a statement of judgment which requires a court cost is not filed within 5 years of the judgment the judgment lapses. There are forms for this, too. That way you can keep a judgment alive virtually forever. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
When a judge or a jury make an award, that is called a verdict. You must then have the verdict entered onto a written document called a judgment, which is then signed by the judge and entered in court. After the statutory appeal period passes, the judgment is final. You serve a copy of the judgment on the defendant and file a proof of service. If nothing happens before the appeal period passes, then you have to turn that piece of paper into money. You do that by grabbing assets of the defendant. To do that, you serve a Judgement Creditor's subpoena on the debtor, compelling him/her to appear and testify as to assets, bank accounts, property, etc. You then garnish or attach those assets. If you cannot do that yourself, then you need to hire a collection attorney. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
You certainly can use a lawyer to collect a judgment. There are some lawyers whose major work is collections. You can find one by calling the referral service of your State Bar, or checking online (e.g. Avvo.com), or even the yellow pages. Good Luck.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
First, you have to file a judgment. I also recommend filing a transcript of the judgment in the county where the small claims action took place. From there, maybe you could hire a "skip trace" firm to track him down.
Answer Applies to: New York
Law Offices of Robert Burns | Robert Burns
You can use a lawyer to collect. You need to find assets, e.g., earnings, bank accounts, real property against which to lien/levy. A private investigator and your debtor's enemies and Court cases can help you in that regard.
Answer Applies to: California
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
You need to hire an asset search investigator or company to try and locate the defendant and the defendants assets. Or you can hire a collection attorney to have this done. If you find assets, you can "attach" them due to your Judgment. You can do this yourself, or through counsel, by getting a court order allowing you to seize or sell the assets you find to satisfy your Judgment.
Answer Applies to: Michigan