Using A Law Library And Judgment Collection

I’m not an attorney, I’m the nation’s only judgment broker. This article is my opinion, and not legal advice, based on my experience in California. If you ever need a strategy to use or legal advice, you should contact an attorney.

Most people aren’t attorneys and do not work at legal firms. Many judgments are not large enough to be cost effective to hire an attorney to collect them. Enforcing judgments can need fairly complex legal paperwork and procedures, and when people need to learn about their own legal matter, law libraries are very helpful.

Many counties have law libraries, that are often either next to, part of, or near a court house. Most are sponsored in some way by a local bar association. Most law libraries are not crowded, especially in the current economy. Although law libraries are designed for attorneys and mostly attorneys use them, nearly all of them give nicely dressed, quiet, and polite mortals to get access to everything. 

Very often there are just one or two employees working at a library. Although they will answer questions, they aren’t able to train people. A law library is intended for you to come in, do your research, then exit after you’re are done. Almost always, their employees are very nice. When they get the time, they’re usually really helpful. 

Law libraries offer a large quantity of legal resources, that allows you to access answers and information for many questions related to any legal issue, including judgment enforcement. Many have judgment enforcement books for each state. Most law libraries have computer stations that one may (at least on a limited basis) access Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, or similar sources. This lets you locate public records which may show your debtor’s assets. Be prepared to pay a small charge to print on their printer.

A law library has books covering a wide range of topics including bond claims and what is requires to recover from them, Rutter’s BK Practice guide, sample motions, laws, and some case law that supports them. For California, the Pleading And Practice books are very useful. Most have countless books that would cost a fortune to buy.

There are a few judgment recovery specialists that primarily and discreetly operate a judgment enforcement business mostly at a law library. When required for meetings, some recovery specialists rent rooms at the law library for a small fee. Sometimes they meet judgment creditors and judgment debtors at the courthouse or the recorder’s office, which are both usually really near to a law library.

When you use law libraries to do your business on a regular basis, you must be quiet and respectful, and maybe bring donuts or bagels at least once a week. When there’s a time limit on how long you may stay per day, you could find other law libraries near you.

Law libraries always have copy machines one can use for a small fee. When you bring a laptop, some have a printing connection so one can print out your agreements and documents. At (e.g.) 50 cents a page, it’s probably cheaper than driving back and forth to your home or office. One can meet with people at a law library, and there is usually a place nearby to get documents notarized.

Because many law libraries are so near a court, in places where parking next to the court is difficult to find or too costly, certain people park at the law library when they need to make a short trip to the court. That’s is most often not permitted, however this happens each business day. Law libraries are underutilized and really valuable for people having a law matter to research.