An experienced judgment attorney can help you jumpstart the collections process by immediately filing an “abstract of judgment” in the county clerk’s office where the judgment debtor owns certain kinds of property.
Our Methods for Texas Judgment Collection
Finding out what kinds of property can be used in a recovery of judgment depends on who the debtor is. Enforcing a judgment debt against a company is easier than against an individual, since the homestead, along with other types of property like a personal vehicle and clothing, is “exempt” in the State of Texas.
To find out what property can be used for your recovery of judgment, the Law Offices of Seth Kretzer uses every tool at our disposal as litigators – interrogatories, motion practice, turnover orders and contempt charges if necessary – as part of our judgment recovery services.
After we locate property, we can file an abstract of judgment for you which places a “judgment lien” on the property for enforcement of the judgment debt. There is no limit to the number of counties that we can file an abstract of judgment in, and the abstract of judgment and lien last ten years. We can also help you renew abstracts of judgments about to expire.
In some situations, we can help you pursue a “writ of garnishment.” A writ of garnishment is particularly useful in situations where the debtor does not have enough real or personal property in Texas to satisfy your judgment against them. Accounts subject to a writ of garnishment can include not only bank accounts, but also some investment accounts.
Recovery of Judgment by an Agent of The Court
We may also be able to get you a “turnover order,” where court judgment debt collection occurs by appointing a receiver as an agent of the judge. This receiver uses his or her court-appointed power to find and turnover assets directly to the you.
The following PDF is an example of a bench brief for further post-judgment discovery in Texas filed by Seth Kretzer, a court-appointed receiver of the case.
Finally, if you have a judgment from another state, sometimes referred to as a foreign judgment, we can help you obtain a “judgment domestication” with the appropriate county clerk’s office. Once we domesticate your judgment, we can provide you the full range of our judgment enforcement services described on this page.
If you or your client has been awarded a judgment, you will need a lawyer with specific experience enforcing collections who has the right knowledge and resources to help protect your rights. Call Seth Kretzer today at 713-775-3050 to discuss your case.
The Law Offices of Seth Kretzer are on your side and ready to relentlessly pursue justice. Additionally, we have experience with Texas judgment collection cases. We work to understand your situation and do everything in our power to help you!