Douglasville, GA asked in Collections, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey

Q: Is there a statute of limitations to collect on a judgement against a decedant’s estate when placed prior to death?

Deceased dates: 5/22/07, 4/19/13 Date of judgements (both medical bills): 1/4/05, 9/23/08.

I am currently trying to sell the house to an investor and had trouble determining if this type of judgement has an expiration date or lasts indefinitely.

2 Lawyer Answers
Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
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  • Collections Lawyer
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Judgments filed with Trenton (i.e. Have a "J" #) are good for 20 years.

Jonathan Herron
Jonathan Herron
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Marlton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: attorney Nachbar has given a correct answer. Judgments filed in Trenton are a lien on real property for 20 years. You should consult an attorney to get answers about the transfer of the real estate. They will be able to help make the sale go smoothly.

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