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Go here to read quite a bit about property seizure.
The court won't order property seizure until 20 days following a judgment, giving the debtor time to make amends on their own.
If there is an order of seizure, it is executed by the Sheriff who can enter the property essentially with the same power as a search warrant.
There has be a default judgement and not a seize of property just to clarify.
Can the court officer break the locks off of the building and enter to get a copy machine?
Can the court officer knock the doors down to gain entry?
Sorry for the delay. The question was locked in "real estate" law for a while, but that is not the appropriate section.
This concerns property collection and not real estate.
Now, Michigan courts have protected a person's home from having the police enter to collect. If the sheriff tries to enter a home to find property, once they are in they can search just like as they would with a search warrant. They can break locks and knock down doors, but only once permitted inside.
For any other building than the actual home, they can break in to complete a writ of execution which can follow after a default judgment.
So, don't let people in your home, even if they say they can come in.
The building is a church. Is the writ of execution a seperate document?
The writ of execution is something that the court can order 20 days following the judgment....to allow property seizure.
A church is not a home, so once they have a writ of execution, they can literally kick in the doors if need be.
Wow! Thank you...
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