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Good day, my name is Brandon. I am a California licensed attorney. You mentioned that you're in California. Was the judgment against you rendered in a California court as well?
My apologies for the delay.
Since I'm a live attorney, I sometimes have to do live attorney things like get something to drink. I am back now; thank you for understanding...
To answer your question, California judgments are generally only enforceable for ten years. If a judgment is rendered and no further action is taken for ten years, the judgment can generally no longer be enforced and the creditor is no longer obligated to satisfy the debt. However, it is possible for the creditor to renew the judgment, thereby extending the enforcement beyond ten years. Do you still have the case number ***** the judgment, and do you know in which California county the judgment was rendered?
Perfect. May I safely assume that you have not received any sort of notice to indicate that the judgment has been renewed?
Great. My recommendation is that you contact the Los Angeles Superior Court to request that they extract the file from their archives and then physically examine the case file to confirm that a renewal hasn't been granted. If it hasn't and if ten years have already passed...
If it hasn't and if ten years have already passed, I would ask the debt recovery group their theory behind why they believe they are entitled to collect on the judgment. My guess is that they won't have an answer and that will be the end of it. You can also ask the debt recovery group if they've filed a renewal before checking with the court, but I can't guarantee that they'll give an honest answer.
Does that make sense?
To be clear, you would expect to have to physically examine the file yourself, but the court can pull the file for your examination.
My recommendation is to examine the case file. You would contact the Superior Court and ask them to pull that case number ***** their archives. If there's no renewal in the file, ask the debt collection group why they believe they can still collect.
I appreciate that very much. Has my assistance been satisfactory? Have I been able to answer your questions in a way that is clear?
If they filed a renewal of judgment in a timely manner, they would typically be able to enforce the debt.