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Reach and Apply Injunctions are Useful in Collecting upon Foreign Judgments which are being domesticated into Massachusetts Judgments

Domesticating a foreign judgment in Massachusetts is necessary to make sure that it is locally accepted and can be enforced. Besides this, once your out-of-state judgment is domesticated you can then get the same rights as other local judgment holders.

Though several attorneys in Massachusetts can help you with foreign judgment domestication, only a handful can ensure you that it is effectively and aggressively enforced for efficient debt recovery. And this is what we at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen do best.

The success of your domesticated foreign judgment debt recovery (in terms of the amount you recover may be largely dependent on the legal action and approach that is selected by your debt collection lawyer. This is where experience serves as a huge advantage because only a seasoned Massachusetts collection attorney such as Alan M. Cohen can identify the best debt recovery strategy for tricky situations where novice attorneys and those who just dabble in debt collection and judgment enforcement find themselves struggling through and trying and testing different tactics to recover monies. One such situation is when the judgment debtor claims that they can’t make debt payments to the judgment creditor because their revenues are tied in account receivables. They’ll only be in a position to pay when they receive payments from their debtors.

Novice attorney’s often find this situation tricky especially because there is nothing much that can be done if the debtor hasn’t received their payments from other parties. However, when you choose to work with us, rest assured we’ll do our best to help you collect your outstanding receivables no matter how complex the situation may be. 

Our debt collection lawyer, Alan M. Cohen will first investigate your case in detail to understand the dynamics of and complexities associated with it to determine the best tactic for debt collection. However, if a situation is like the one discussed above, then based on our three decades of experience we may choose to use reach and apply injunctions.

Reach and Apply Injunction—What is it?

Reach and apply injunction is a lesser known remedy but result-driven. This is a statutory tool that unfortunately cannot be used in all states. But luckily, Massachusetts is one of the few states where reach and apply injunction is applicable.

We at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC see this legal remedy as a huge advantage for judgment creditors. This is because reach and apply injunction allows the attorney for the judgment creditor to recover monies from their debtor’s debtor.

Let us explain…

Reach and apply injunction allows the debt recovery attorney to enforce judgment by suing a third party that owes money to the judgment creditor’s debtor. This means that the money owed to you by your debtor can be legally recovered by some other party who owes money to the judgment debtor.

How does it Work?

The mechanics of this legal action is conceptually simple. By using reach and apply injunctions, our Massachusetts collection attorney will seek to directly deal with the debtor’s debtor and cut the debtor out of the loop. We deal with the party (also referred to as the third party) that is more inclined to pay.

We aggressively pursue your case and follow up with the third party to try to make them pay you the money that they owe to your debtor.

Top Benefits of Using Reach and Apply Injunctions

The top benefits of using reach and apply injunctions are:

  • You may not have to wait for months or years for your debt payments until your debtor recover their debts from their debtors
  • As you can directly sue the debtor’s debtor, it speeds up the delinquent debt account recovery process
  • As you collect the monies directly from the third party, it reduces the chances of miscommunication and confusion.

Why is it Important to Take a Legal Action Fast?

Collecting payments from a debtor that claims their money is stuck in account receivables is a complex situation. After winning a judgment, you may want to wait for the debtor to make payments but that may not be the best way to go about it. Here it is important to understand that a judgment has a time limit. Therefore, you need to ensure that it is enforced within that period or else it can expire and become completely useless.   

Once it expires, your debtor will be in a strong position, and at that time may choose not to make payments. And that is definitely something you don’t want.

So, after winning a judgment and domesticating it, you can’t really miss out on the timeframe that you have been given legally to recover your payments. Our debt recovery attorney Alan M. Cohen makes sure that this time is best used and works hard to ensure your monies are recovered efficiently.

We do this by pursuing such cases aggressively and suing the third party involved. At the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC, we leave no stone unturned to make sure that your money is fully collected even if it requires reaching out to someone else that owes money to your debtor. Simply put, no matter how complex or tricky the debt recovery situation may be, we can help you prosecute your claims efficiently, and effectively

Contact us today

We strive to provide judgment creditors in Massachusetts and other states with the best services and techniques that we know how to use to collect debt payments. From domesticating foreign judgment to Massachusetts judgment to collecting monies from debtors in Massachusetts on your behalf, we aggressively and relentlessly work for you to collect bad debt. 

For more information about enforcing foreign judgments and using reach and apply injunctions to collect bad debt or legal representation, call the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC at (508) 620-6900 or email us at

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