A judgement was past against my company. Do I deal directly with the plaintiff to satisfy this judgement or do I proceed through the magistrates office.
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If you don't want to appeal, you need to pay the judgment directly to the plaintiff. Technically the plaintiff has 30 days from payment in which to file with the court a document we call a Praecipe to Satisfy Judgment. The local magistrate courts sometimes have a specific form they prefer. I would contact the court clerk & ask what form they have for the plaintiff to sign to verify the judgment was paid by you as the defendant. It might be available on the internet- I'm not sure. Somehow obtain the form. I would then contact the plaintiff & either negotiate a reduced amount or just pay the judgment & provide the plaintiff with the form filled out for the plaintiff to sign. Request the plaintiff to sign it & return it to you (maybe provide a self addressed envelope) & when you get it back file it with the court. Basically you want to make sure there's verification that you paid the judgment. If you mail the payment include a cover letter (keep a copy) that per your agreement or per the judgment a check is enclosed payable to the plaintiff in $____ & request that the enclosed court form be signed & returned to you in the enclosed envelope. Good luck!