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A Brief Overview of Judgments in Florida

Posted by Robert E. Slipkovich | Apr 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit was filed and now you received paperwork about a “judgment.” The word alone is very intimidating and does not fully appraise the individual on the current state of litigation.

What does this mean? What can be done? Can I fight the judgment? These are all excellent questions which warrant a brief overview of monetary judgments in Florida.

In reference to Florida collections lawsuits, a judgment is a financial calculation of monetary damages with the addition of interest over time. A judgment may be paid in full to satisfy the amounts owed or it may continue to accumulate interest when payments are not made. However, a judgment is not an automatic win for a creditor. The creditor will look to enforce the judgment by using legal tactics to attach to your property or income.

Creditors have various methods of executing/enforcing a judgment. They may look to record a lien, garnish wages, or even seize personal property. Wage garnishment is one of the more common approaches, where a certain percentage of wages are set aside by your employer to pay the creditor. However, be advised that the creditor can employ other methods of enforcement which can become problematic in the future. To avoid this issue all together, it is best to hire an experienced debt defense attorney to avoid loss of income/property from a quick final judgment.

Florida collections cases usually arrive at an early judgment in one of two ways: 1. The defendant does not appear at a pre-trial conference for a small claims case or 2. A response is not filed in the case for matters beyond small claims. Fortunately, there are methods of removing a judgment against a defendant. Each client's case is different, and the specific facts/circumstances will often dictate what can be done to attack your judgment. In many cases, we can remove a judgment if a motion is timely filed with the court. This helps protect your income and property and places you in the best situation to resolve the case.

A judgment can be very alarming and will lead to more questions than answers. However, it is something that commonly happens and can often be addressed by experienced counsel. The attorneys at Holland Law have assisted many Florida clients in removing judgments and protecting wages and property from creditors in all counties in Florida from Miami-Dade to Duval, Orange to Hillsborough, and all counties in between. If you have a collections case where a judgment was entered against you, please contact our office for a free consultation regarding your case and rights under Florida law.

 

Un Breve Resumen de Fallos en Florida

Por Robert E. Slipkovich

Una demanda fue presentada y ahora has recibido documentación acerca de un “fallo.” El propio término es muy intimidante y no informa completa y plenamente a un individuo del actual estado del litigio.  

¿Qué significa esto? ¿Qué se puede hacer? ¿Puedo combatir este fallo? Estas son excelentes preguntas que requieren un breve resumen de fallos monetarios en la Florida. 

En referencia a demandas de cobranza en la Florida, un fallo es un calculo financiero de daños monetarios más el interés a lo largo del tiempo. Un fallo puede ser pagado en su totalidad para satisfacer la cantidad adeudada o puede continuar acumulando interés mientras no se hagan pagos. Sin embargo, un fallo no es una victoria automática para un acreedor. El acreedor tendrá que imponer el fallo usando tácticas legales para embargar su propiedad o ingreso.  

Los acreedores tienen varios métodos para ejecutar/imponer un fallo. Pueden iniciar un embargo contra su propiedad (gravamen registrado), embargar su salario, o incluso apoderarse de su propiedad personal (bienes muebles o inmuebles).  El embargo de salario es uno de los métodos mas comunes, donde cierto porcentaje del salario es separado por su empleador para pagar a su acreedor. Sin embargo, debe estar consciente e informado de que el acreedor puede utilizar otros métodos de ejecución, lo que puede causar problemas en el futuro. Para evitar este problema completamente, es mejor retener a un abogado de defensa con experiencia para evitar la pérdida de ingreso/propiedad por un fallo judicial.

Los casos de cobranza en la Florida usualmente terminan en un fallo prematuro por una de las siguientes dos maneras: 1. El demandado no se presenta a la conferencia previa a juicio en los casos de reclamos menores, o 2. Una respuesta no es presentada en casos que no son reclamos menores. Afortunadamente, existen métodos para remover un fallo contra un demandado. Cada caso/cliente es diferente, y los hechos o circunstancias específicas suelen dictar lo que se puede hacer para atacar su fallo. En muchos casos, podemos remover un fallo si una moción es presentada a tiempo ante la corte. Esto ayuda a proteger su ingreso y propiedad y lo pone en la mejor situación para resolver su caso.

Un fallo puede ser muy alarmante y puede dejarlo con mas preguntas que respuestas. Sin embargo, es algo que comúnmente sucede y frecuentemente es solucionado por un abogado con experiencia. Los abogados de Holland Law han asistido a muchos clientes en la Florida removiendo fallos y protegiendo salarios y propiedad de acreedores en todos los condados, desde Miami-Dade a Duval, Orange a Hillsborough, y todos los condados en medio. Si tiene un caso de cobranza donde un fallo fue introducido contra usted, por favor contacte a nuestra oficina para una consulta gratis en su caso y sus derechos bajo la ley de la Florida.

About the Author

Robert E. Slipkovich

Robert Edward Slipkovich is from Canfield, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Professional and Technical Writing from The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He continued his studies at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where...

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