This is short and sweet. For those of you who have asked about the
superiority of your judgment lien, here is the answer.
Remember that the lien which is filed first chronologically
is the lien with the superior position over other liens. It doesn’t
matter if the other lien is a mortgage lien, mechanics lien, judgment
lien, or whatever. The first filed is superior. When debtor property
is sold in foreclosure, sheriff’s sale, etc. the money goes
to the superior lien first. Others with perfected liens against
the debtor’s property (whether personal or real) will be paid
in order until the money runs out.
Also, it is important to note that taxing authorities
that hold a lien against the taxable property of a debtor are in
possession of a lien that is superior to all others.
Many times a superior lien position is referred
to as a senior position. Superior or senior mean the same thing.
If you hold a judgment lien against a person or
entity, it will behoove you to check the records to determine for
sure whether your lien is superior or not to any other perfected
liens. This is particularly true if a sale of your judgment debtor’s
property will not bring enough money to pay off all lien holder
I hope this answers your questions about superiority
of judgment liens.