Electronically or eRecording Abstract of Judgment – Instructions
Step 1: Complete the Form
To place a judgment lien against real property, you must complete an Abstract of Judgment.
Step 2: Accompanying Document(s)
You may also need to include a memorandum of costs if you incurred additional costs.
Step 3: File Your Documents
File the following items with the court: Check your court for filing options. Some courts mandate eFiling.
If the court you are trying to file with is a Mandatory eFiling Court, you will need to place a County Recording Order.
If the court you are trying to file in does not provide eFiling, you will need to prepare the following.
• Abstract of Judgment (original + 2 copies)
• Memorandum of Costs After Judgment (original + 2 copies), if applicable
• The filing fee (currently $40, current fees at
• Self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage to return the documents to you.
File your documents at the filing window, or in dropbox. The clerk will return the original
abstract of judgment to you with the court’s seal on it. This may take several weeks.
Step 4: Record the Abstract of Judgment
You will need to record your abstract of judgment in each county where the judgment debtor owns
the property. You need only one abstract of judgment per county, even if the debtor owns multiple
properties. You may record an abstract of judgment even if the judgment debtor does not currently
own property; this will allow a lien to be placed against any property the debtor may acquire in the
future. When using the CountrywideProcess.com portal to eRecord, please ensure your documents are scanned in black and white, in 300 DPI, and have a 1/2 margin around the document in order to avoid rejections. Once the Abstract of Judgment is recorded, the County Recorder will return the recorded Abstract of Judgment electronically.
Step 5: What Happens Next?
The county recorder will provide notice to the debtor that you have recorded the abstract of judgment.
You will not be paid automatically, but if the debtor refinances or sells the property, you may get paid
your money with interest.
The lien created by the recorded Abstract of Judgment continues for 10 years from the date of entry of the money judgment and can be renewed for additional 10-year periods, until the judgment is satisfied. When you need to renew your Abstract of Judgment, you will need to prepare new Abstract of Judgment form with the updated amount owed to you (including any accumulated interest), and you will need to record it in the appropriate county or counties.
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