You wrote: 1) “You say getting a court order to retrieve monies owed to us is difficult, do you mean time consuming, expensive ??.”
I meant that there is a lot in involved, a lot of paper work, it can be time consuming, and you have to convince the Judge.
You wrote: 2) “Perhaps you could give me a rough idea of the time and money involved.
I do not know your case.”
There are many court options (urgent judge without inviting the other party (opposing party), urgent judge inviting the opposing party, regular judge, special judge, etc..), and depending on the facts of your case you may have only one court option or several court options. Again, I do not know anything about you, the other party, or the facts of your case to give you a rough idea of the time and money involved.
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You wrote: 3) “If we went to the court to obtain the order would that delay the sale if this was in progress? “
Your answer depends on the type of court order you receive and what the judge will have decided. A court order may delay it just like a court order may not.