Nashville, TN asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Tennessee

Q: In TN when does the 10 year period of a judgement lien begin? The date of the court judgement, Date filed, date recorded

A judgement against me was ordered by the court on April 7th 2009. It was filed with the court clerk on May 23rd 2009. It was recorded in the Journal on June 15th 2009. Which date does the 10 year period expire on?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The Judgment Lien exists against your property in that County where it is registered for ten years from the date of Judgment. If it was ordered by the Judge on 4/7/2009, then the Lien lapsed last midnight. However the Judgment Creditor might have asked the Court to extend it for another ten years, but this would have occur prior to the termination of the original Lien period. The Judgment may or may not still be enforceable. And unless you file a Declaratory Judgment action to remove the Cloud on your Title, the Judgment still appears in your chain of Title.

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