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Our Mission at CollectYourJudgment.org

Our mission at Collect Your Judgment is to help you collect the debt owed to you, as there are few options opened to those who are awarded judgments by small claims courts. The courts do not ensure that you collect the money owed — it is left up to you, the prevailing party, to attempt to collect it at your own expense. Collect Your Judgment has developed the resources and methods to help people from all walks of life collect the judgments that are owed to them.

We can take your call, email, or letter and ensure you understand the resources available, how to use them, and help you navigate the process and, in the end, collect the money you are entitled to.

We want you to understand the options available to you, and the information you need from the time you consider filing a claim until you have the award in your possession.

Judgment Collection Scenario #1

You realize that you have been cheated by a contractor or your employer, taken advantage of, or wronged by a landlord who did not return your security deposit, and you decide that you will sue in small claims court for the money owed to you. You organize your information, present a good case, and are confident you will be successful. The judge rules in your favor and awards you the money you are owed. You walk out of court feeling great. Soon, however, you replay the ruling in your head and realize that the judge can give you the award but he cannot see that you get your money. Now, how do you go about collecting your money? Does the person or business have the money to pay what they owe you? How will you find information about their assets and ability to pay?

Our mission here would have been to help you acquire information about the person’s or entity’s assets before you went to court; and to assist you with the procedures to follow, and ways to determine your cost of collection once you leave the court room.

It is Our Mission always to see that you collect the money the court determined was yours.

Judgment Collection Scenario #2

Again you realize that you have been cheated by a contractor or your employer, taken advantage of, or wronged by a landlord who did not return your security deposit, and you must decide how you should set out to collect your money. You know that you can go to small claims court but you would like to maintain your relationship with the other party. Furthermore, you know your chances of collecting your money will be better if you can come to some mutual agreement. Therefore, you decide to look into an alternative to small claims court. Where can you find information on alternatives? Will your chances be better for collecting money? Will the alternative help you to maintain your personal or working relationship?

Understanding your desire to maintain a relationship with the other party and increase your chance for collection, Collect Your Judgment would assist you in identifying and understanding the alternative strategies available to you. We would help you to find those services in your area that could ease, or even do away with, the difficult process of collecting your money.

It is Our Mission to help you decide on a course to follow so a relationship can be salvaged and your money can be collected.

See our Services page for more information.

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Tip of the Week

September 27, 2010

If you have been awarded a judgment, waited the 30 days required, sent a demand letter giving the debtor a time limit for paying his/her debt; what should you do if you still have no money? You know that the court can do little, but before you take steps to garnish wages or bank accounts, consider suggesting negotiation or mediation if the debtor gives any impression that they want to settle the matter.

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