not sure whether to file a Motion to Avoid Lien, Motion to Vacate Judgment, and an Order to Show Cause stipulating a chaper 7 has commenced. help
You should contact the court, get their fax number, and send over a copy of your bankruptcy filing. This will notify them that an automatic stay should be in place. The important thing is that you list the judgment on your schedules submitted to the bankruptcy court. Motion to avoid lien is typically to avoid liens that have no equity attached to them, such as a second mortgage. Motion to vacate judgment is used to vacate a judgment for deficiencies such as lack of jurisdiction or improper service of process. Don't think that is necessary here.
A Federal Court cannot overrule a state court under the Rooker Feldman doctrine (according to the Supreme Court cases) so it would seem that filing a motion to vacate a judgment in the bankruptcy court is rather fruitless. Further, filing the motion to vacate the judgment is fruitless in state court also now that you have filed bankruptcy. Filing the motion to avoid lien will remove a judicial lien off any of your property if it is exempt so that is what I would do based upon the limited details you have given. It doesn't do anything with the judgment which will still appear on your credit report, but it will remove a judicial lien from any property claimed as exempt in the bankruptcy if the creditor has one.
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You need to send a "suggestion of bankruptcy" to the state court. If the judgment is in Baltimore City District Court or any County Circuit Court you will need to file a motion to avoid lien. You should speak to an attorney about this because the motion is complicated. The motion is usually filed at the outset of the case. Good luck.
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