I won a judgment against another person in court some time ago and recorded a judgment
lien against his property in this county. Now he wants to sell one of those properties and
hes offered to make a deal to pay part of the judgment, but not all of it. I
dont want to release my judgment lien and lose my ability to claim the full amount
he owes me. What can I do?
Under the Code of Civil Procedure, a creditor like yourself may release the judgment lien
from a particular property while retaining it on other property. In other words, you
dont have to give up your right to be paid in full at some point.
You can negotiate with this debtor to pay a part of what he owes you and agree to release
the judgment lien against only the property he wants to sell. You will have to prepare a
release of judgment lien, sign it, have it notarized and record it in the county where the
property is located.
Most importantly, the release must identify the specific property you are releasing from
the lien, to prevent any misunderstanding that you are releasing the judgment lien against
all his properties in the county. A number of very specific items related to your judgment
must be cited in this release. Be sure to consult an attorney to guarantee that it is
properly prepared and that you retain your right of payment.