I am providing additional information to my prior question re "forcing a lien." My parents received a civil judgment in the form of a lien against an individual's home. The individual tried to refinance his home and was unable to do so because of the lien. A real estate attorney friend of mine asked me why my parents haven't tried to "force the lien," in other words, force the home owner to pay the judgement before he sells the home or dies. He said that in the state of Illinois, if one receives a civil judgement in the form of a real estate lien, you can can force the lien and make the individual pay before he/she sells the property or dies. Is this the case in the state of CA?