Domesticating Foreign Judgments in PA or NJ
Judgments entered and obtained in one state can be given full force and effect in another state under the “Full Faith and Credit” clause set forth in Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution. Each state has its own specific procedural rules for filing foreign judgments within its borders. The process of having a foreign judgment registered in another state is also known as “domestication”, that is to say the foreign judgment is being “domesticated” in a state other than where the original judgment was entered and obtained.
Many times, a debtor will be sued in one state but may not have any assets in that state to be levied upon. In such cases, it may be advisable to have the judgment filed as of record in another state where the debtor either has a physical presence or has assets which can be levied upon or garnished.
If you have secured or obtained a judgment in a particular state and would like to have the judgment filed, recorded, recognized and domesticated in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Joseph M. Adams at 215-996-9977.