What is difference between judgement and liens. How can I find out if I have liens against my property.
3 Answers from Attorneys
A judgment is not necessarily a lien against real estate. Judgments that are entered in the Special Civil Part in New Jersey do not become liens on real estate unless they are docketed. Then they automatically become liens. Judgments in the Law Division becomes liens.
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Judgment is a decision by a court that someone owes money to someone else. Liens are claims for money, and the claim is against a specific house or building or other real estate. Liens are filed in the county land records.
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I agree with the other authors, but add that things like mortgages are also liens. Many counties have put their liens and mortgages on the Internet so a search at the County web site might be a good start. Liens are public records so you can also go to the County Courthouse and search in the records room. Usually there are people who can assist you in this.