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Enforcing Sister-State Judgments

Make Your Debtor Pay Even If It Relocates

You’ve spent the time, money, and energy to obtain a judgment ordering your debtor to pay. Suddenly, your debtor moves to California. What now?

Judgments issued by out-of-state courts — called “sister-state judgments” — can be enforced in California as if they were issued by a California court. However, before enforcing a sister-state judgment, it must be recognized, or domesticated, by the state of California.

When it comes to the enforcement of sister state judgments in California, having Bryan M. Grundon and The Law Office of Bryan M. Grundon on your side can make all the difference. Bryan M. Grundon is an experienced attorney who specializes in the enforcement of sister-state judgments within the state of California. With his extensive knowledge of California’s collection laws, regulations, and procedures, he is well-equipped to guide clients through the complexities of cross-border enforcement. As the founder of The Law Office of Bryan M. Grundon, he leads a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing top-notch legal representation in matters related to sister-state judgments. With a thorough understanding of the specific requirements and formalities involved in enforcement, Bryan M. Grundon and his team ensure meticulous attention to detail throughout the process.

From the recognition and registration of the sister state judgment to the careful compliance with procedural formalities, they work diligently to maximize the chances of a successful enforcement outcome. With their expertise in strategic planning and case evaluation, they offer personalized solutions tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.

The Law Office of Bryan M. Grundon prides itself on maintaining open lines of communication with clients, providing constant updates, and involving them in the decision-making process. By entrusting your enforcement case to Bryan M. Grundon and his dedicated team, you can have confidence that your rights will be protected and your enforcement goals pursued with the utmost professionalism and diligence.


Enforcing your out-of-state judgment is a two-step process:

First: Domesticating your judgment

Attorney Bryan Grundon will file an application at the Superior Court to have the judgment recognized. The application includes a statement regarding the amount of the unpaid debt and any interest, an authenticated copy of the sister-state judgment, and identifying information about the debtor.

The court clerk will then issue a judgment for the amount of the debt, plus interest and the costs associated with having the domestication.

We then serve the sister-state judgment on your debtor. The debtor has 30 days to contest the domestication. After the 30-day period is over, we can begin the involuntary collection process or otherwise known as the beginning of the enforcement of sister-state judgments.

Second: Collecting your debt

Our firm is skilled in debt collection. Mr. Grundon will analyze your debtor and the debt you are owed, then develop a collection plan that gets you the money you are owed in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Types of collection actions used include:


Collecting a debt can be difficult. When debtors relocate to other states, the collection process is even more challenging. Get the money you are owed.

Contact experienced debt collection lawyer Bryan Grundon at 858-705-0346 or fill the form out below. Together, we will enforce your out-of-state judgment.

This law firm is a debt collector. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.