Unlike most judgment recovery services, Attorney Don Brigham is a former FBI agent. He uses that training, his experience, and all available resources to locate judgment debtors and reveal their assets and sources of income.
Through him you also gain access to former FBI agents and Legal Attaches in U.S. Embassies overseas. This valuable source of national and international contacts can assist with skip tracing, locating assets across borders, and navigating legal issues overseas.
Judgment Recovery Services Include:
Preliminary review of the judgment to determine enforceability
Creation of judgment liens on real and personal property
Enforcement of money judgments by writ of execution
Enforcement of non-monetary judgments through writs of possession
Charging orders on partnership and LLC interests
Assignment orders against judgment debtor’s rights to payment
Debtor and third party examinations
Receivers to aid in the enforcement of judgments
Liens in pending actions
Enforcement against trust interests
Sister-State and Foreign judgments
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CASE STUDY: A Creative Approach to Garnishment Satisfies Judgment
THE CASE: Partners in a real estate development company split over a contentious dispute that landed them in court. The result: one partner was awarded a $1 million+ judgment against the other partner AND the development company.
THE CHALLENGE: The losing partner (judgment-debtor) was in no position to satisfy the judgment. He had already lost a considerable amount of personal wealth in the recession. The development company also owned no real estate and had no income, cash, or real estate development contracts.
OUR DISCOVERY: Through careful investigation of the company’s contracts and dealings, I found a sizeable parcel of land that the company had developed in the past. Upon deeper digging, I discovered that the city had granted approximately $4 million in development credits in the company’s name which had gone unused during the development – credits the city still held on the books. Unfortunately, the credits were not convertible to cash, they only held value for someone considering a development project in the city. However, I determined that they could be assigned to another party with the consent of both the company and the city.
OUR SOLUTION: My firm served a writ of execution on the city clerk garnishing the credits and creating a lien in favor of my client (the judgment creditor partner) so they could not be used or transferred without my client’s permission. When the opposing partner filed a court motion to release the lien, I used my extensive knowledge of California law to demonstrate that “money” for garnishment purposes includes “credits” owned by a debtor.
THE OUTCOME: I then negotiated to allow the development company to obtain a bank line of credit that would be secured by the city-held credits with our permission. This allowed the company to continue operations and the line of credit was used to satisfy the judgment over a period of time acceptable to my client.
A Judgment is Worthless Until It’s Enforced
Some judgment debtors will do anything to avoid paying what they owe you. Many have grown quite sophisticated in avoiding their debts and circumventing court orders.
The key to recovering the debt is unrelenting persistence to uncover assets the judgment debtor values most and place them in jeopardy of being lost. It requires legal and investigative techniques far beyond the threatening phone calls and letters of a standard collection agency.