Removing a Judgment Lien from Your Property: A Step-by-Step Guide


A judgment lien on your property can be a significant barrier to selling or refinancing your home. If you’re burdened by a lien due to a legal judgment, it’s essential to know that there are effective strategies to remove it. The Fullman Firm offers expert legal advice and representation to help homeowners free their properties from unwanted liens. Contact us today for a free consultation and start clearing your title.

What is a Judgment Lien?

A judgment lien is placed on a property as a result of a court ruling that you owe a debt. This lien ensures that if the property is sold, the debt is paid out of the proceeds. In California, judgment liens can remain attached to your property for ten years and can be renewed by the creditor.

The Impact of Judgment Liens

  • Home Sales: A lien can prevent you from selling your property or refinancing your mortgage until the debt is settled.
  • Forced Sale of Your Home: In some cases a judgment creditor can force the sale of your home in order to collect on a judgment lien.  
  • Property Value: Liens can deter potential buyers and investors, potentially lowering your property’s market value.

Key Statistics

  • In 2022, over 35,000 judgment liens were filed in California, affecting many homeowners’ ability to manage their property freely.
  • The average judgment lien in California amounts to approximately $20,000, significantly affecting the financial situations of many families.

How to Remove a Judgment Lien from Your Property

Removing a judgment lien requires understanding your legal options and often necessitates professional legal assistance:

  1. Verify the Lien: Ensure the lien is valid and check for any errors that could invalidate it.
  2. Satisfy the Judgment: Paying the debt in full is the most straightforward way to remove the lien. Obtain a satisfaction of judgment from the creditor and file it with the court.
  3. Negotiate a Settlement: If full payment isn’t feasible, negotiate with the creditor to accept a lesser amount as full satisfaction of the debt.
  4. Contest the Lien: If there are grounds to believe the lien was improperly filed, you can contest it in court. 

California Legal Protections

California offers several protections and avenues for homeowners:

  • Homestead Exemption: California’s homestead exemption allows homeowners to protect a significant amount of equity from creditors, potentially nullifying the impact of a judgment lien.
  • Lien Duration: By law, a judgment lien in California expires after ten years unless renewed by the creditor, providing a clear endpoint for homeowners.

Why Choose The Fullman Firm?

With decades of experience in real estate and consumer protection law, The Fullman Firm understands the complexities of removing judgment liens. Our team provides personalized service, ensuring that your case receives the attention it deserves.


Removing a judgment lien from your house can restore your financial freedom and property rights. With the right legal approach, you can navigate this complex process successfully. The Fullman Firm is here to help you every step of the way, from assessing your situation to filing the necessary legal documents. Contact us for expert assistance and regain control of your property.