Q: I win a final judgement for $3000. How much would it cost to put a lis pendens on a property of the losing party.
A: All you need to do is record the judgment against the property; as long as your judgment conforms to the requirements and has the property address for Defendant in the judgment. It costs a few dollars to record the judgment. But if it is the homestead of Defendant the lien doesn't attach anyway and likely a waste of time.
A: Your judgment is automatically recorded in the public records, but in order to create a lien against real property, you must go to the Clerk and purchase a certified copy of your judgment and re-record it in the public records. That would stand as a lien against real property and attach to any newly acquired real property for a period of 10 years. If you still haven't been paid, you can record again before the expiration of the 10 year period to extend the life of the lien. Once this process is completed, you can initiate foreclosure proceedings, as long as the property is not homestead.
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