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How to Enforce Pennsylvania Judgments.

This article will help explain how to collect Pennsylvania judgments.

Getting a Pennsylvania judgment is not enough is not enough to collect debt and money owed to you or your business. Obtaining the judgment is only step 1 in the debt collection process. Most attorneys can obtain judgment against debtors and defendants who do not respond to lawsuits. This is called the default judgment. Obtaining the judgment is usually the easiest part of the collection process.

Step 2 is executing upon the judgment. Pennsylvania does not allow wage garnishment except in certain landlord / tenant cases and only skilled Pennsylvania Debt Collectors know what to do after the judgment is entered.

Many attorneys, businesses and individuals have relied upon the expertise of our Pittsburgh law firm in collecting judgments they were all unable to collect.

Their are limited options in Pennsylvania to enforce and execute upon judgments. Basically, Pennsylvania creditors have 5 options:

  1. Garnish and seize bank accounts;
  2. Garnish money owed from third parties;
  3. Sheriff levy and sale of vehicles;
  4. Sheriff levy and sale of personal and/or business property;
  5. Foreclosure of real property.

Each Pennsylvania county has different local rules for enforcing and executing upon judgments. We cover the state of Pennsylvania and work hard so our clients can rely upon our experience to collect their money owed.

Choosing the best execution strategy is important so as not to waste client’s money. The last thing most of our clients want to do is throw good money at bad money. Skilled Pennsylvania collection attorneys also need to understand how marital property and claims for exemption can affect execution of judgments.

We often perform crucial discovery in aid of execution, including interrogatories in aid of execution and depositions in aid of executions to best ascertain the financial solvency of the debtors. This experience in executing and enforcing upon judgments gives our clients the best advantage of collecting their money owed.

Written by
Noah Paul Fardo
Noah Paul Fardo, Esq. is a Pennsylvania trial lawyer and the managing partner of Flaherty Fardo, LLC. His legal practice focuses in medical malpractice, personal injury, business litigation, and property tax appeals.