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In a lawsuit what does the term judgment proof mean?

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The legal term is "execution proof" In essence it means the debtor has no property that is considered nonexempt under state laws. Each state has a proscribed set of exemptions that can be used whenever a person is sued or files bankruptcy. For the average consumer this usually renders them "judgment proof" meaning the debt even though a writ of judgment is granted cannot be collected. "Macky"

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It is very likely given the circumstances that the person would be "judgment proof". The legal term is actual execution proof, meaning that a creditor could sue and be awarded a judgment, but the judgment could not be enforced. The vast majority of person's who are sued are execution proof. However this does not stop creditors from filing a lawsuit in the expectation that the debtor will eventually have property that is not exempt and therefore can be attached.


The defendant(s) would be considered to be "judgment proof" (legal term execution proof). This means the person has not property that can be seized nor wages or bank account(s) that can be garnished by creditors for repayment of the debt. It is not uncommon for a lawsuit defendant to be "judgment proof", the creditor can still record the judgment in hopes that the debtor will not always remain in his present economic status.


First of all, I should make one thing clear: being "judgment-proof" is not a legal defense to liability.You can't go into court and say "I'm judgment-proof, therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed." Whether or not you can actually satisfy a judgment has no bearing on your liability, and the court's ability to impose the judgment. And if you are found liable, that judgment can follow you around for the rest of your life, or until you pay it, creating problems at every turn.The term "judgment-proof" simply refers to a practical consideration faced by all plaintiffs: given the financial situation of the defendant, how easy or difficult will it be to actually collect the judgment? A plaintiff might decide that, even if they win, the defendant has so few assets that collecting the judgment could take more time or effort than it's worth.If you're employed, and lose this lawsuit, the plaintiff may be able to garnish a percentage of your wages until the judgment is satisfied. There are many other procedures through which a judgment can be enforced, as well.


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Some judgments/liens are renewable quite literally forever. Being judgment proof does not mean you are relieved of the debt. It is a term used to designate the debtor has no assets at the time of the judgment which could be seized. If sometime later the debtor becomes employed, receives an inheritance, etc. the creditor can enforce the collection of the judgment. How long it stays on the CR will depend on what type of judgment.


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"Judgment proof" is an informal and somewhat disparaging term for "doesn't have enough assets that we can seize to satisfy the judgment." When someone has a judgment against you for money and you don't pay, she can ask a court to "execute" on the judgment. The county sheriff comes and either actually or symbolically takes your property ("levies upon it" they call it) and, if it's not cash (like bank accounts) then sells it at a public auction. The money from the sale goes to pay the person you owe. If there's anything left over, you get it. There are special rules for levying upon and taking things like your home if you own it but the basic theory is the same. When folks say someone is judgment proof they mean the person doesn't own enough stuff that, when sold, there would be enough money to pay the judgment. Effectively, people who say it mean the person is too poor to be worth suing because you'll wind up with a judgment but still won't be able to collect. Keep in mind that in many places (I'm not sure about Indiana), the judgment holder can also garnish your pay, taking a piece of every paycheck.


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