Charlotte, NC asked in Contracts and Collections for North Carolina

Q: Does the foreign judgement start when it was transferred to NC.

There is a foreign judgement against me and they put a lien on my house.Judgement is from 14 years ago.It was a truck lease.I moved to Europe 17 years ago and I was never served.I came back 8 years ago.Does the statute of limitations start in NC when the judgement was originally made in NJ or when it was transferred to NC.

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Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz
  • Collections Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Foreign judgments, if filed and served properly, become judgments in North Carolina just like domestic judgments with a ten year statute of limitations. Before the end of the first 10 years, it can be "renewed" for an additional ten years, but that does not renew a lien on real property. That lien expires after 10 years. If the creditor is taking action now, you should speak to an attorney because there are many more details that may be relevant.

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