How long does a judgment and lien on property expire? 23 Answers as of June 11, 2013

I have heard a judgment expires after some years and wonder if a lien also expires? How long for a judgment to expire and also a lien?

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Breckenridge and Walton
Breckenridge and Walton | Alan D. Walton
The judgment expires in 10 years but can be renewed for another 10 years. The lien is for 5 years, and can be renewed once for another 5 years.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/26/2011
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
Judgments in WA last 10 years unless renewed.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/21/2011
Eranthe Law Firm
Eranthe Law Firm | Cate Eranthe
A lien never expires. A judgment can be renewed every 7 years forever.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/3/2011
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Judgements are good for 10 years. They expire unless renewed. The lien will expire with the judgement.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/8/2011
Theodore N. Stapleton, PC
Theodore N. Stapleton, PC | Theodore N. Stapleton
Depends what state you live in.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/11/2013
    Heupel Law
    Heupel Law | Kevin Heupel
    A judgment lien expires after seven years, but the creditor can renew the judgment lien to keep it intact. Thus, it can last forever in some cases.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/3/2011
    The Law Offices of Katie M. Stone
    The Law Offices of Katie M. Stone | Katie M. Stone
    Once a lien is placed on your home, automobile or personal property, it lasts until you, the owner of the asset, take some action to sell or transfer title. Once you try to sell or transfer title, all judgment lien holders may be entitled to collect on their judgments, depending on the nature of the situation. In Florida, a judgment lien by most creditors may not be placed upon your homestead property.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr.
    Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr. | John C. Farrell, Jr.
    A judgment can be enforced for 20 years in the state of MA, then it can be renewed with court filings. A real estate lien dissolves after 6 years and again the creditor can elect to renew it by court filings.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC
    D T Pham Associates, PLLC | Duncan T Pham
    10 years unless renewed.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    Benson Law Firm
    Benson Law Firm | David Benson
    A judgment lien is good for 5 years in Ohio.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    G. Anthony Yuthas & Assoc.
    G. Anthony Yuthas & Assoc. | Tony Yuthas
    A judgment will expire in 20 years, but may be renewed or reinstated for an additional 20 years with no notice. A lien typically goes with the property, not the person and does not expire until the property changes hands at which time it needs to be satisfied. That lien can earn interest at the statutory rate for the entire time it is against the property.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/2/2011
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    Judgments don't "expire". A judgment lien is created by recording the judgment with the County Recorder and lasts for ten years in California, but can be renewed for another ten years if renewed before the ten year expiration date.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law | Judith A. Runyon
    A recorded lien expires after 10 years unless the lienholder renews it. Don't know about the judgment. Ask a state law attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. | J. Thomas Black
    I will give you a short answer. If you want an answer that you can rely on, you need to consult a Texas attorney that has experience with these matters, pay him or her a fee, and them analyze the facts of your particular case. This is not an area of law for amateurs or lay people, and there are many exceptions to the general rules below. In Texas, judgments become dormant if writs of execution are not issued in the underlying lawsuit every ten years. Once dormant, they can be revived for an additional two years. If they become dormant and are not revived, they are barred. You may have to hire an attorney to file a "quiet title" or similar action before you could sell or mortgage the property that is subject to a judgment in such a case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley | Maureen O'Malley
    They have to be satisfied by payment or bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Marjorie Guymon
    Six years, but it can be renewed as long as you do so before expiration.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/1/2011
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