Petaluma, CA asked in Civil Litigation for California

Q: We live in California Sonoma county lawyer asking for double what lien states.

Judgement and lien filed against wife in looking at papers it states $5400 from 2011. When I called to ask how to resolve they said it was now double! $9000 but states no where on the judgement. What do we really owe?

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Gerald Barry Dorfman

Answered
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Generally in California, judgements earn 10% interest per year. Certain costs can be added to judgements as well. If a judgement also provides for attorney fees, those can also be added.

Vernon Charles Tucker agrees with this answer

Vernon Charles Tucker

Answered
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: A judgment earns 10% interest per year in California and adds up quickly over eight (8) years. You can always try to negotiate the balance down, but to answer your question you technically owe the entire principal balance plus the interest.

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