Wage Garnishment

COLLECTING THE UNCOLLECTABLE

COLLECTING THE UNCOLLECTABLE

Collecting on the "Uncollectable"

Donald Sterling's wife is suing his alleged mistress to recover community property, claiming that Sterling gave the woman expensive gifts ranging from a Ferrari to a $1.8 million duplex without her permission. See the article in the  LA Times.

So what's wrong with that? He's not allowed to buy someone gifts?

California, along with eight other states, is governed by the community property system, meaning each spouse shares equally in the profits and income earned, regardless of who actually acquired the property. Therefore, those pricey purchases from the disgraced Clippers owner were allegedly acquired with community property funds also owned by Rochelle Sterling without her knowledge.

COLLECTING A JUDGMENT IN THE REAL WORLD

The Real World of Judgments

When Pacific Gas and Electric settled for $333 million in the class action case made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, the plaintiffs, lawyers, and even Erin herself, all walked away with a win and a fair share of cash.

Yet, most of us aren't lucky enough to receive a $1 million check the day we win in court.

The judge or jury who ruled in your favor or the attorney who helped you win that judgment aren't going to stand around to ensure you get paid.

So what exactly can you do with that judgment? And how can you collect the money?