Q: I have an old 2009 case I re-opened for non-payment. Hired a PI to find person, learned they moved to Virginia ~2yr ago
Want to add PI fee's to case; PI I hired and others I inquired all said fee's can be reimbursed by defendant if request it to court. NY court clerk says no, maybe VA will do. VA court clerk says NY court would need to add on since fee weren't part of orig judgement. Trial judge on case has long left. Info I researched came across on this site - CPLR 8301 for disbursements, but unsure if it fits my request. Can I request Admin Law judge to review and add PI fee's, so I can then send info subpoena to Virginia court clerk, or are PI fee's an out of pocket expense I have to deal with?
A: You cannot add this to the judgment without a motion in New York. Honestly, it is a big bureaucratic process, and you will only get it if the contract you are suing on has costs of collection included. If this is not a contract case, you will not get it.
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