Collecting On Your Judgement
Post judgment collections how you get paid once a judge rules in a plaintiffs favour. A plaintiff is the person who sued someone else for damages. Damages are what you sue for. Examples include, breaches of contract, someone caused you harm, or even theft. At Kahane Law Office, we offer full litigation services. We are able to act for you from sending the first demand letter, through court and post judgment collections.
What is a Judgment in Alberta?
A judgment is a court decision in the form of an order or ruling that requires a person to pay you money (or to do a certain thing). It can take some time to go through the court process, but sometimes the process is relatively quick. Normally, the judge hears all the evidence that both sides present and will then issue a ruling.
Post Judgment Collections
The judgment you received from the court is simply a ruling from the Court that the person against whom the judgment is issued (the “judgment debtor”) owes a certain sum of money to the person in whose favour the judgment has been granted (the “judgment creditor”). The Courts do not, however, independently take steps to compel payments by the judgment debtor, so, as a judgment creditor, you must collect the money owed to you. This process is the post judgment collection process. There is no guarantee of being paid once you have a judgment, so it is important to assess your likelihood of post judgment collections before you start an action. Post judgment collections are legislated by Acts such as the Civil Enforcement Act.
Ways Of Collecting Post Judgment Amounts Owed
There are a number of ways to proceed with post judgement collections. You can try them in any combination that makes sense to you. You may try one at a time or simultaneously attempt post judgment collections in a variety of way. They include:
Post Judgement Negotiations
This is a process of post judgment collections where the judgment debtor and judgment creditor negotiate terms of payment. Courts order the payment of money, however, not all debtor have funds available to pay all at once. Other debtors still refuse to pay. Negotiations may be an orderly payment of the debt or a lump sum payment (either in full or reduced to encourage immediate payment). Learn more about post judgment negotiations here.
Post Judgement Seizure
Where a person or company refuses to pay their debt, this process allows for the assets of the judgment debtor to be seized and sold for payment of the debt. Learn more about seizure here.
Post Judgment Garnishments
Post judgment garnishments are mechanisms for forcing payment of the judgment debt by companies or banks that owe the judgment debtor money. Two examples are garnishing the wages of a judgment debtor or garnishing any funds they have in their bank account. Learn more about garnishment here.
Other Post Judgment Collections Mechanisms
Your judgment allows you to obtain a writ. This post judgment collections mechanism lets you the register your writ on both real property (land or homes) and at the personal property registry. You can then allow other judgment holders take enforcement steps (such as seizure or garnishment) and receive your proportionate share of the proceeds of those steps, or just wait until the judgment debtor has to sell or refinance the specified property. If your registered interest is first in line, then your writ is paid out first. Learn more about other post judgment collection mechanisms here.
How Long Do You Have To Collect?
In Alberta you can proceed with post judgment collections for up to ten years. This means that as a person or company’s financial position changes, you can continue to collect on the judgment awarded to you. In certain circumstances, opportunities exist to extend that ten year period.
Types Of Post Judgment Collections Our Lawyer Act For
Our Alberta lawyers are able to pursue post judgment collections of the following types of actions. This list is not exhaustive so call today for more details. Remember, if you have an action secured by your self or another firm, we can act with respect to collecting for you.
- credit card debts;
- breach of contract;
- personal injury matters (motor vehicle & slip and fall);
- mortgage default;
- other secured debts; and lastly
- other unsecured debts
Call Now for Exceptional Service on Your Post Judgment Collection
If you won in court but lack the ability to get the funds from the person you own against, we help. Our team takes steps to attach to any asset owed by the debtor in order to pay your judgement. Call today so that we can help you with your post judgment collections legal needs. You can reach us toll-free at 1-877-225-8817, or 403-225-8810 locally or email us directly here.