Sometimes in the process of collecting your judgment it becomes necessary
to prepare legal documents. There are so many types of document types
that it can be confusing trying to figure out how to prepare the documents
correctly. Doing it right can certainly be important. After all, you
don’t want to have a judge or clerk of court refuse to accept
a vital document that is needed for ultimately collecting the money
you are owed from your judgment.
I have experienced confusion myself over how to
properly construct a post-judgment document for the courts. I have
found some ways to make the process more sure and acceptable.
First, I have looked for examples of the exact or
similar document in case files at the court house. This has been
fruitful for me on numerous occasions. If I need to file a particular
motion, or respond to a motion, I have been able to locate a document
like I need in a case file. I then use it as a template for what
I needed. Normally I will be looking at a document previously prepared
by an attorney. It makes life easier for me this way.
Whenever I have needed to use a particular form,
I check to see if the form is available from the court itself. Sometimes
I have found the proper forms to be available online from the official
court website. Honestly, most of the forms I have needed in enforcing
judgments has been available from one or the other of these two
sources. You can also look in your local law library for a book
that will have court approved forms that you can copy. The main
thing is that if the court requires a particular form to be used,
they will have a place for you to find the proper form.
Another thing that has helped me collect my judgments
has been to hire someone who works in a law office to type the motion
or other document for me. I have done this when I was unsure of
how to type it myself in a way that would meet the criteria of the
court. I have felt that it was worth spending a few bucks for someone
who knows what they are doing, to type it for me. To date, I have
never had a document to be refused when I presented it. Peace of
mind about doing things correctly and acceptably means quite a bit
to me. I know several legal secretaries that I go to church with,
that have been glad to type up a document occasionally when I need
it. Their typing and legal experience have made my judgment collecting
In some cases, courts are not very picky about documents
presented by average citizens like you or me. But other courts have
very hard and fast rules about what they will accept and how it
should look. I have always managed to find a way to meet the court’s
requirements concerning documents without too much time, trouble,
Finally, I have friends who use Pre-paid Legal Services.
If you have a membership with this group, it only makes sense for
you to use them for help with your legal documents. My friends swear
It is amazing how some people will gladly help you
with this if you just ask them nicely with a smile!