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For judgment liens abstracted after 9/1/07, a judgment lien does not attach to a judgment debtor’s exempt real property, including the debtor’s homestead. See Property Code section 52.0012 here.
The first step to remove the lien in the process under the new law is a 30-day letter to the judgment creditor and its attorney. If there is no response, Property Code section 52.0012 provides that a judgment debtor may file a “Homestead Affidavit as Release of Judgment Lien” which “serves as a release of record of a judgment lien established under this chapter.”
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