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Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Massachusetts Requires Relentless Diligence and the Ability to Read Between the Lines

A ‘foreign judgment’ is a judgment, order or decree which is given by a court within the United States, or any other court that’s entitled to full faith and credit in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Unlike most states in the US, Massachusetts has not adopted the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, which means that the creditor is required to file a suit on their judgment from within Massachusetts in order to obtain a judgment. While the process of enforcing a judgment can seem a complex task, having an experienced debt collection attorney by your side such as Alan M Cohen will ensure that your judgments are enforced within the state of Massachusetts.

Benefits of Hiring a Debt Collection Attorney

If you happen to be a creditor who obtained a judgment in another State on a debtor who resides in Massachusetts, that doesn’t mean that you cannot enforce the judgment on the debtor. This is where the experience and skill of the debt collection attorney Alan M. Cohen comes in. Having an attorney whose practice focuses on in debt collection is going to be crucial to getting your debt enforced in the State of Massachusetts regardless of which state the judgment was entered.

Domesticate Your Judgment

The Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act has not been adopted by the State of Massachusetts, which means your foreign judgment will have to be domesticated in Massachusetts in order for it to be enforced. As a creditor, you will have to hire a debt collection attorney who will file a suit on the judgment from within Massachusetts in order to obtain a judgment that can be enforced in Massachusetts.

The process of domesticating your judgment will begin by the debt collection attorney first thoroughly investigating your situation to find out more about the debtor’s assets that are in Massachusetts. Once the judgment has been domesticated successfully the next step will be to enforce the judgment in Massachusetts.

Getting Your Judgment Enforced

Once the judgment has been domesticated in Massachusetts, that doesn’t mean you will get paid. This is simply because, even if you are successful in domesticating a judgment, it does not make the debtor liable for paying off the debt. This is where you will need the expertise of seasoned debt collection attorney Alan M. Cohen who knows the ins and outs of Massachusetts debt collections law and can provide you with the right legal advice and representation.

Rather than sending letters and emails to the debtor, an aggressive debt collection attorney such as Alan M. Cohen will cut to the chase, by using effective and ethical tactics to ensure that the debtor cannot escape the clutches of their domesticated judgment. To achieve that, the debt collection attorney will first attempt to find out the details of the debtor’s physical assets in Massachusetts. Then using the pre-judgment attachments, the sheriff will serve the bank and record any writ allowed by the Massachusetts court attaching any real estate and other assets as collateral. This is done to make sure the debtor’s assets do not get transferred during the pendency of the case and to help ensure that after you prevail, the seized assets can be liquidated post-judgment to provide the necessary funds that are needed to satisfy the judgment and get you paid. A good debt collection attorney will seek to attach bank accounts, garnish wages, and do whatever it takes to make sure you get your hard earned money back.

To find out more about the different ways in which we help our clients with their foreign judgments in Massachusetts, please feel free to contact Law offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC. today at, or contact us at 508-620 6900. You can also email us at

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