If you were injured and have Uninsured Motorist coverage, a local lawyer would go after that money.
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If you were granted a judgment then check with the court on the procedures for docketing the judgment. Once docketed the judgment will show up if she ever wants a loan.
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You need an experienced Southern California personal injury attorney to help you with this matter. You can proceed with an Uninsured Motorist claim and collect damages from your own insurance company as long as the statute of limitations has not expired. We are experts at handling Uninsured Motorist claims and have been in practice for more than 20 years assisting our clients with recoveries totaling more than $65,000,000, including hundreds of uninsured motorist claims. I hope that answers your question. Good luck to you.
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If you decide to handle the collection efforts on your own then I suggest consulting a book called Collect Your Court Judgment by Nolo Press. I have placed a link to it below. You can check this book out at your local public library.
You also may want to obtain a certified copy of the judgment and get the clerk to certify a DMV form showing the judgment remains unpaid so the DMV will put a hold on the other driver's license until the judgment is paid.
Remember to obtain an abstract of judgment from the court and renew it before each 10th year anniversary until it is paid. If the other person owns real estate or may possibly own real estate in the future, take a certified copy of the abstract to the County recorder’s office for recording.
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Read this form, it may help you get started in attempting to collect judgment:
If the woman doesn't pay you can have a document served on her the requires her to state her assets. If she doesn't fill out the form then you can file a different form with the court requiring her to show up in Court to provide a statement of her assets.
Once the debtors income and assets are determined, you can take certain property or lien certain property to recoup your payment.
I would advise you to hire a local attorney.
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