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What happens when a creditor files a judgment against you?

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The judgment can be executed according to the laws of the debtor's state. The preferred method is wage garnishment or bank account levy. In most cases it is also possible for a judgment creditor to execute the judgment to seize and sell non exempt property belonging to the debtor(s) or place a lien against real property. In very rare instances the judgment creditor can petition the court for a forced sale of a primary residence. That being the case, a homeowner should be aware of the status of the homestead exemption for their state of residency.

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