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Since you popped up, I'll respond. I have found that I have

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Since you popped up, I'll respond. I have found that I have a lien against my Texas property. It appears Discover Card claims to be owed money for a card my exwife owned when we married. They issued me a card when I began paying the bills but I never applied for the card and know nothing of the debt from early 2000's. How do I get rid of it.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: That is about all I know at this time; it is a $10,000 lein.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

I am sorry to hear about this situation. Do you know what year the judgment was rendered by the Court? Or, not sure?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It was filed in 2008.
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.
Thank you.
If the judgment was taken out back in 2008 (and the lien is based on this), then it is too late to file an appeal. The best possible recourse here is to file a Bill of Review, which seeks to set aside a judgment based on equitable arguments, but if the statute of limitations for filing regular appeals have passed. See here:
http://www.jtexconsumerlaw.com/V10N3/V10N3Equitable.pdf
Counsel is highly recommended, but not mandatory. One can argue that the property was no longer community property per the divorce and thus, you should not be liable for the debts even if her name is ***** ***** it (or was?).
Another way to approach this is to file a Motion for Clarification in Court on the decree, asking the Court to decide who should be liable for the debt, and perhaps the Court will order her to pay the debt and/or to reimburse you/hold you harmless for any inconvenience/liability of the lien/judgment. In fact, since the motion is "faster" than the bill of review to be heard, it may be best to attempt the motion, first.
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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
One clarification; the property was never in her name and the card was not in my name. The lien for her debt was filed against me ( my property).
Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.

Thank you. Then they should not have attached it to the property. If so, then the Bill of Review would be the better choice.

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Expert:  Ely replied 11 months ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never rated positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!