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When you have a judgement entered against you, and it is filed in the courthouse, Does the judgement have to be renewed

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No lien is filed against the property itself, I just wanted to know if there was a statue of limitations on a judgement or does it stay there forever.

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Judgments in TX are valid for 10 years and can be revived.

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Judgments have a "statute of repose", which is similar to a statute of limitations. The statute of repose for judgments governs when the judgment will expire, and this will vary by state. After the statute of repose has passed, the plaintiff (or judgment holder) would need to file a "motion to renew" in order to extend the judgment. In my experience, plaintiffs do not always file the motion due to their own financial considerations--when a small amount is involved, they may not choose to pursue and pay a second filing fee. In Florida, where I practice, judgments expire after 20 years. Your signature indicates that you reside in Texas, so if your judgment was entered in Texas you would need to consult with a Texas attorney or other reliable source regarding the statute of repose for judgments in your state. Again, each state is different. A consumer attorney in your state would be able to share his or her experiences with you regarding this issue.

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As mentioned previously a judgment in Texas is good for 10 years but can be renewed for another 10 years and so on. The renewal process in Texas is fairly simple for the creditor so long as it's done within the 10 years. You mentioned that no lien is against the property itself. A judgment lien in Texas automatically attaches to all non-exempt property that you have after an abstract of judgment is filed. I'm not sure if this is what you mean by having it filed at the courthouse. Filing an abstract of judgment is a separate step taken by many creditors to create a lien. If the property you reference is your primary residence with a properly filed homestead exemption in place prior to the judgment then the lien does not technically attach but may still cloud title on the property. More information is needed to properly advise on the situation.

My comments are not legal advice and are for informational purposes only.