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Judgment has been entered at Los Angeles Superior Court. What happens next for the judgment debtor?

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A judgment was entered against a colleague of mine in Los Angeles Superior Court. The judgment was Limited and is for less than $25,000. Does interest accrue any further if the Court did not award interest? Also, what does the judgment debtor do now?

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The creditor is allowed to take the judgment and record it as a lien on the debtor's property, or try to garnish the paycheck or bank account. Interest does accrue, usually at a rate provided by state law. The debtor gets to exert exemptions to protect some belongings. For $25,000, the debtor may need to seek bankruptcy protection.

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Yes, interest accrues at the rate of 10% per year. The debtor should pay the judgment if possible. If not, then consider bankruptcy if the debtor has any assets or a job, as the creditor can use different avenues to collect the judgment.

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Interest continues to accrue at the "legal rate" of ten percent after the date of entry of judgment. The judgment debtor may continue to try to negotiate payment of a lesser amount in full satisfaction of the judgment, or can appeal if the time has not yet run.

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