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Why Is Foreign Judgment Enforcement In Massachusetts So Difficult??

A lot of business managers seeking our help with foreign judgment enforcement in Massachusetts think it is tough business. We couldn’t agree more. The matter is already complex and, when you add the fact that Massachusetts courts do not accept judgment registration it might become very confusing for a layman.

However, there are reasons for every apparent complexity in the legal process in Massachusetts. In the paragraphs that follow, we will discuss some of the things that make domesticating a foreign judgment in Massachusetts difficult.

Understanding Massachusetts courts’ Attitude Towards Foreign Judgment Enforcement

Before we get into a discussion about specific factors that add to the complications of enforcing a foreign court’s decision in Massachusetts, we should understand how the courts in the state treat such a lawsuit. You will need to remember the following:

  • Massachusetts does not allow enforcement by registration of a judgment from a sister state.
  • Instead, to domesticate a sister state judgment in Massachusetts you must bring a suit on the sister state judgment. Once you succeed and obtain a Massachusetts judgment, then and only then can you receive an execution to seize and sell the debtor’s assets.

For more information on other FAQs about foreign judgment enforcement in Massachusetts, please click here.

Reasons Why Many Foreign Judgment Enforcement Lawsuits in Massachusetts fail

Poor Choice of Lawyer

The quality of your representation means everything in complex cases, and every foreign decision enforcement case can be complex, depending on the debtor and the court. People who choose inexperienced attorneys, or those who have very limited exposure to this type of cases may not fare as well as those who hire experienced foreign judgment collections attorneys such as the collections attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC.

For this level of legal services, you need a lawyer who has managed many foreign judgment cases in Massachusetts. Such a lawyer would prepare for your case according to its specific needs to attempt to ensure they do not make mistakes amateur lawyers in the field would make, saving you considerable time, money, and perhaps even the judgment.

Not Understanding Available Options

Limited knowledge of available options is another major reason that foreign decisions are refused in courts. We strongly believe this goes back and relates to the quality of representation you get for your case. A seasoned lawyer, who has a strong grasp of the legal loopholes your debtor could use, or of what pre- and post-judgment attachments might make your lawsuit more successful in the collection of the foreign judgment can significantly improve the odds in your favor.

At the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen, LLC, we have been assisting clients with foreign judgments domesticate their verdicts in Massachusetts for decades with focus on providing specific advice and using the best combinations of options available.

For more information about why it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side for foreign judgment enforcement in Massachusetts, please click here.

The knowledge and experience of seasoned Massachusetts commercial foreign judgment debt collection lawyers can give you your best chance of collection on your foreign judgment enforcement. For more information about how the experienced foreign judgment collections attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC can assist you domesticate your judgment in Massachusetts, click here or call 508 620 6900 or email

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