Recovering Money Spent on
Q: On the Judgment Enforcer's form, there is
no mention of the money I already
spent trying to enforce this judgment - why is that?
Recovering a Judgment
The Assignment Of Judgment form is designed to match what
court clerks expect.
Mentioning the costs you already spent is something that (for some reason)
court clerks usually do not like to see on this form.
If you (court-approved) spent money,
and filed the right forms with the court (within the time limits
to do so) to file your recoverable costs - what you
spent can be added to the judgment debtor's debt.
The Judgment Enforcer will try to enforce all that the debtor owes,
including what you spent, if possible. Discuss this situation with the
Q. I spent a lot of money trying to collect from
my debtor before sending my judgment to you.
Can these costs be reimbursed at some point?
Whether previous costs can be recovered - depends on the debtor, what
the costs were, the wording on the judgment, time limits, and which State.
For example, in California
certain costs can be added to the judgment debtor's debt using
a MC-12 form - if such costs are incurred, claimed, and endorsed
by the court
within 2 years. Other states have different laws.
When possible, Judgment Enforcers try to add
your previous costs, and all new recovery
costs, to the debtor's debt, and try (sometimes eventually) to make the debtor pay them.
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