Creation of Judgment Liens

The creation of a judgment lien varies from state to state. In some areas a judgment is a lien as soon as it is entered in the courtís own records. In others, a judgment does not become a lien against real property until a certified copy of the judgment has been recorded in the public land records of the county in which the property is located. Where there exist multiple properties of the debtor which are located in two or more counties or parishes, copies of the judgment must be recorded in all applicable counties in order for a lien to be placed against all such properties.