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Under TEX. PROPERTY CODE §52.006(a): Private creditor’s judgment lien expires 10 years after filing in the County Clerk’s Office. --“-- Dormancy”: If underlying abstracted judgment goes “dormant” (10 years with no writ of execution), judgment lien can become unenforceable sooner than 10 years after filing of Abstract of Judgment. --Re-abstracting and filing the new Abstract: Creates a new separate judgment lien; does not “continue” an existing judgment lien.
So, if if they never refiled, it expired based on the statute of limitations on 7/23/2017.
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You need to go to court where the abstract is filed and get a copy of the abstract from the file showing no renewals have been filed and the title company should know if they operate in Texas that the law above says the abstract is no longer valid. You can also ask the court clerk to remove it by filing a motion to remove abstract of judgment based on it being expired under the statute of limitations.
Thank you for your reply.Dormant means no collection efforts have been made to enforce the judgment. You have to check with the court to see if anything has been filed to renew the lien, that is the only place you can check.
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They could file to activate the judgment, renew it, 2 years after it expires under Texas law, yes.