My ex had his parents sue the both of us for $10,000.00 after our ugly divorce and custody battle for vindication (although the judge ruled it wasn't) My ex of course admitted to owing them the money while I got an attorney to defend me. The judge awarded me Statutory Attorney fees, My attorney fees totaled just shy of $2,00.00, but now my ex inlaws say they are not paying me and my attorney took money out of my trust for my foreclosure defense so they are not seeking payment from them. My ex inlaws own 4 homes and are very wealthy but retired.
You can just make a letter demand for payment of your attorneys fees on the former in-laws with a deadline to pay, tell them if they don't pay by the deadline, that you will retain an attorneys to collect and you will demand those fees as well.
You could also take the judgment and get a levy to collect on any of their bank cash or checking accounts.
Another way if allowed by Wisconsin laws would be to file a lis pendens on their property in connection with the judgment. This would be of record on the tittle for the property and would impair their ability to borrow or sell the property.
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If you have a judgment for the 2k against the in laws, you can enforce it as provided in WI law. You may be able to record a lien against the real estate, levy on bank accts, etc. The judgment should also carry interest. Usually the costs of enforcement get added to the judgment. You may not be entitled to atty fees for enforcing, so hopefully you can do some of this yourself. You might even find a book on how to enforce in WI.
It's not clear from your question whether the court awarded you $2,000.00 in attorney's fees or "statutory" attorney's fees which are about $200.00. That is a crucial difference. If you were awarded $2,000 it would be worth seeking relief from the court. If it is for only $200 probably not.
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