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Foreign Judgment Enforcement

What is a Foreign Judgment?  In American legal terminology, a “foreign” judgment can be a judgment from another state in the United States or from a foreign country. For a judgment from another state within the United States, the reference is “foreign sister-state judgment.” A “foreign-country judgment” refers to a judgment from another country.

If you are seeking money from a debtor company in Massachusetts, our firm can help you with all your commercial collection matters. Since Massachusetts is one of three states that have not adopted the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (UEFJA), things are done a bit differently.  In Massachusetts and Vermont, a judgment creditor must file suit on that judgment in Massachusetts to obtain a Massachusetts judgment which in effect enforces your foreign judgment.

Before we file your suit in Massachusetts, our attorney’s quickly and efficiently:

  1. Investigate the debtor’s situation to determine what assets are held in Massachusetts.
  2. Seek to obtain ex parte attachments to allow seizure of the debtor’s identified assets as prejudgment security for payment of the anticipated Massachusetts judgment.
  3. After obtaining the bank attachment, we send it to the sheriff serve the bank.
  4. After obtaining real estate attachments send the writ of attachment to the sheriff to record it with the applicable registry of deeds.

Our firm works hard on your behalf. We will be able to help you most if you provide as much information as you have about the debtor.  Specifically, we can make use of all the information that you have on the debtor’s assets within Massachusetts their location. Provide these early on and we will have a head start in the collection process. It may also help to prevent that assets will not be moved fraudulently.

We will assist you in finding the best collection strategy for your situation including:

  1. Attachment of debtor’s assets, including bank accounts and real estate.
  2. Complaints on judgments.
  3. Post-judgment litigation.
  4. Receivership, if necessary.

We are committed to helping you get paid. Contact us today and we will get started by having you talk with one of our highly-skilled Boston-trained lawyers focusing on the enforcement of foreign judgment cases.

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