Mount Holly, NJ asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for New Jersey

Q: Judgement lien for cigarette tax for NJ for online ordering.

Years ago I ordered cigarettes online without realizing they were so cheap because tax wasn't charged. My housemate and I are both on deed and both listed as single with right of survivorship. We have never been married and are not in romantic relationship. It is my understanding we both are 100% owners. Not 50-50. The lien is on my name only, online ordering, my name only. I brought the deed information to the states' attorney. She seemed to be surprised of this. Is it right for the lien to be set on home with him being 100% owner too? From what I've read lien shouldn't have been placed. Also if it is right for lien, if I die then the lien dies with me, or if it stays until the sale of home. Can state take our home? He was not involved. I am also aware of how it works for when home is sold or refinancing lien is paid then. Just don't want housemate to pay for my mistake. I'm on social security disability, permanently disabled and can't afford attorney.This is for cig.tax, not property

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Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
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  • Rockaway, NJ
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A: The rule is that a judgment is valid for a period of 20 years. However, a judgment creditor may apply to the court to have the judgment extended for an additional 20 year period. When a judgment is docketed, it becomes a lien against all property the judgment debtor owns at the time the the judgment is docketed as well as a becoming as lien against after acquired property.

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