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Impossible to collect on our small claims judgements

Discussion in 'Small Claims & Municipal Court' started by ClassA, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. ClassA

    ClassA Law Topic Starter New Member

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    They either do not have a job, do not earn enough, or pay child support. I have multiple judgments. Some have expired from being 10 years old and I decided not to renew.

    Does anyone have a suggestion besides drink a dirty martini and forget about it.
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    No one can draw blood from a rock, or get money from a deadbeat.

    Many small claims judgments are worth far less than the paper on which the judgment is written.

    Some judgment holders SELL their judgments to factoring companies or debt collectors who generally offer under a dime for every dollar.

    Some folks think anything is better than nothing.

    Some examples of said buyers. I am not recommending anyone, just illustrating they exist.

    Judgment Acquisitions - We Buy Outstanding Judgments - Harper & White

    CASH FOR COURT JUDGMENTS IN UNITED STATES AND CANADA

    Judgment Recovery

    Judgment Enforcement Agency Enforcement of Judgments Judgment Recovery Collection Agency
     
  3. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    That.

    I had rentals for 20 years and had my share of uncollectible judgments.

    You suck it up and get on with your life.
     
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  4. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes all one can do is forget about it. I, personally, find two fingers of single malt goes best with "it". :(
     
  5. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    I don't drink. For me it's scarf down junk food.
     
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    justblue Well-Known Member

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    What ever works for ya. :D
     
  7. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Two fingers, more like four fingers of Rye Whiskey does it for me.

    LOL

    Tex Ritter – Rye Whiskey Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
     
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    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    Some might go with a fist full. ;)
     
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  9. zddoodah

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    Not really what you're expecting given that your question is completely abstract in nature.

    How about, for starters, you tell us why you have a bunch of judgments against people?
     
  10. ClassA

    ClassA Law Topic Starter New Member

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    We have rental properties and have a trucking business that hires owner-operators (1099 drivers) But why would that matter as long as the judge awarded the judgment?
     
  11. adjusterjack

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    Agree. It's not really relevant to your question though Z may have a reason for asking.

    An uncollectible judgment is a risk every business takes. After doing all you can to collect, eventually you just have to give it up, take the bad debt write off and move on.
     
  12. zddoodah

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    It gives me some background.

    So, some of your judgments are against former tenants who, according to you, "either do not have a job, do not earn enough, or pay child support." Kinda makes one wonder why you'd rent to folks like this in the first place. Did all of these circumstances develop after you rented to them? How many judgments do you have against former tenants and how what's the total of all the judgments? It won't help you collect the judgments, but if you're going to remain in the landlord business, you might want to look at improving your screening process.
     

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