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I am a non-litigation attorney - have a pro bono client who has a judgment against him. The plaintiff is trying to levy.

Savannah, GA |
Filed under: Litigation

Is it too late to file constitiutional exemptions? Or does the client have to file the exemptions and file some kind of motion with the court to stop the levy? This is a judgment in magistrate's court. The plaintiff has been pro se thus far. I live out of state and if legal documents have to be filed with the court, I will have to refer the client to someone else. This never happens to my clients - I don't let things get this far, but this client contacted me after judgment was entered. He is unemployed and I am trying to help without getting too involved as he can't pay and will not be able to do so. Item being sough in the levy is a painting which my client asserts is subject to a security interest as collateral for a prior loan.

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  1. Best answer

    I'm not sure where a valuable painting fits in to levy exemptions, especially regarding a debtor who has leveraged the property. So it sounds like the debtor has a judgment, the creditor wants the painting and the debtor doesn't want to give up the painting. Just as with any judgment/garnishment scenario, The debtor needs to either file a traverse and fight it out in court, or make a deal with the creditor and sign a consent judgment, or file for bankruptcy.

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  2. The answer will probably depend on what state the judgment entered in. For example, in Utah the debtor would need to request a hearing within ten days and then convince the court at the hearing that the property is subject to a lien. The debtor should provide some sort of notice to the secured creditor as well--if they show up claiming a superior interest the court will doubtless find that more persuasive.

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  3. I agree with Mr. Koyle's approach.

    Notice is needed. I imagine GA law is different than say Illinois where I practice so the trick is to research what that state does.

    Good luck.

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