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I am a joint owner in a parcel of real estate which is

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I am a joint owner in a parcel of real estate which is impacted by three judgments against my name, but not against the actual real estate. Two judgments are from one bank, and the third from another bank. Can I pay all proceeds from the sale to one bank and neglect the other? Or, is a priority of settlement and amount paid determined by chronological order of filing and size of claim. There are not sufficient funds from my share of proceeds from the sale to satisfy any of the judgments.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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The liens are paid in order of when they were placed. That's the incentive the law gives people to place the liens when they get them. So, if the proceeds of the sale aren't enough to satisfy the first lien, the first bank will get all the money.
You are free to negotiate with the banks that placed the other liens to see if they will agree to release the liens and allow the sale if you pay some smaller amount of money. Sometimes, if the option is a little money now or spend years hoping for more, they'll take the sure thing.
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