Philadelphia, PA asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New York

Q: Can a failure of payment from a PA judgment be recorded as a lien in NY?

Judgement if lawyer fees from a contempt in custody. He hasn't paid anything and won't pay. After I get a judgement for contempt again, can the PA judgment be recorded against his house in NY?

3 Lawyer Answers
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: Every state has a process for "domesticating" foreign judgements. It usually starts with obtaining a triple certified copy of the foreign judgement. A collection attorney in New York can help you with this.

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Commack, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, but it is not automatic. The creditor has to start an action in NY to confirm the PA judgment. Then it will become a lien in NY.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
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  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The judgment is recorded in New York. It is a lien on real estate the same way a NY judgment would be a lien. For other property, there would need to be a levy by the Sheriff or Marshal, like a NY judgment.

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