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In PA there are 3 statute of limitation periods associated with money judgments. The "5 year period", "10 Year period", and the "20 year period."
The 5 year period is only applicable to the the lien on the debtor's real estae in that county. If the creidtot does not file a writ of revival every 5 years the lien lapses. The lien may be revived every 5 years, indefinitely. If the judgement is not revived with in 10 years of docketing, or the last writ of revival, the lien is lost forever.
The 20 year period is applicable to money judgments for purposes of determing the statute of limitations against personal propery. In PA an execution against personal property must be issued within 20 years after the entry of judgment upon which the execution is issued. So after 20 years the creditor cannot go after personal property.
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