If they have an office in California, you should be able to reach out with California's long-arm statute and tap their bank accounts. Similarly, if their assets are in a national bank, which happens to have an office in Washington, you should be able to levy on any branch of that bank, including on in California.
If those aren't successful, you can domesticate the judgment into Washington and collect there, but this would be more expensive and time-consuming.
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Since you say their assets are in Washington, you will have to enter your California judgment as a "sister state" judgment in Washington, which is a "summary" (rapid) procedure which does not entail a new trial. Then with a Washington judgment you can execute on non-exempt assets.
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There are various methods and procedures to collect a civil judgment. However, if the defendant (judgment debtor) does not own any real property, and you want the judgment lien to immediately appear on the defendant's credit report, you the the judgment creditor can file a personal property lien. (See California Code of Civil Procedure sections 697.510 through 697.670.)
A personal property lien is used to assert your claim in property (other than real estate) owned by the debtor. There are two primary benefits:
(1) During the time that the lien is in effect, if any personal property is transferred to someone else, the judgment lien continues even though the property is sold, exchanged, or disposed of.
(2) During the time period that the personal property lien is effective, you can have the sheriff take the personal property and sell it at public auction to pay the debt.
Personal property liens can be created in two ways. The lien can be created by filing a Notice of Judgment Lien (JL-1) with the California Secretary of State, or alternatively, by serving the defendant (judgment debtor) with a notice of a judgment debtor's examination.
To file a Notice of Judgment Lien (JL-1 ) with the California Secretary of State, see:
If the company has absolutely no assets here in California, you will probably have to incur the expense of domesticating the judgment in the State of Washington and collect there.
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
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