I have a judgment against an individual in Arizona. I am a resident in Michigan, while the individual lives in Arizona. The judgement was obtained in an Arizona district court. How can I register and enforce the judgment in Michigan? If someone can provide the steps to take, I will forever be in debt to you. Thank you.
The only purpose would be if the debtor had property in Michigan that you wanted to execute on. If that is the case, you have to get the judgment in Arizna "exemplified", which is something more than getting it certified. This means that a judge in Arizona has to review it and then stamp it that it is accurate. The clerk in Arizona has to stamp it as exemplified. That Exemplified Arizona judgment is then attached to a new lawsuit in Michigan, brought under the Full Faith and Credit part of the U.S. Constitution. That is then served upon the defendant who then can file an answer to the new suit. If no answer is filed, you would then be able to get a default judgment and execute upon property in Michigan. It is much easier to get an experience collection lawyer to help you.
Yes, and Mr Stern is correct. You will be better off and more successful with an attorney.
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The key question you must answer is what you gain by having the state of Michigan of "full faith and credit" to the Arizona judgment.
A brief telephone conversation with the Michigan divorce lawyer (many offer free consultations) will probably help you to understand whether having the Arizona judgment recognized in Michigan is worth the effort.
Again, it is all a question what you hope to do by having Michigan recognize the Arizona judgment.
Best of luck.
I am licensed to practice law in Michigan and Virginia and regularly handle cases of this sort. My answering your question does not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should consult a lawyer so you can tell the lawyer the entire situation and get legal advice that is precisely tailored to your case.
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