Domesticating a Judgment in New York for Non-NY Cases

A US flag hanging in front of a court house.Domesticating a judgment in New York obtained out of state, to the dismay of some, is not automatic. New York does not allow the automatic registration of a judgment obtained on default from another state. Domesticating a sister-state judgment and converting it to a NY judgment requires filing a lawsuit. It is, therefore, important to understand the defenses available to someone contesting the domestication of the out-of-state judgment in New York. This also may be a good time to mention that out-of-state judgments are not treated the same as federal judgments. Continue reading “Domesticating a Judgment in New York for Non-NY Cases”

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Convert Judgments from Federal to NY State

Photo of the Supreme Courthouse.Yes, it is possible. You can convert judgments from Federal to NY State. If you researched New York’s policy of recognizing judgments obtained in other states or countries as an out-of-state attorney, you might be concerned. That’s because you discovered that New York State does not recognize judgments obtained on default or by consent. Be that as it may, don’t worry. Regardless of that fact, a Federal court judgment easily converts to a NY State judgment.

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Should I Accept a Promise of Payment On an Outstanding Balance From Client’s Future Sales?

Image of two men shaking hands.What happens when a client wants to pay an outstanding balance from their future sales or services? Working with that customer had previously been profitable, but they’ve experienced cash flow issues. For those who wish to continue doing business with a customer who seems to be having difficulties, you need to know how to best position yourself to obtain payment on the aged balance as well as any future sales.

Is there an arrangement that will ensure repayment to you on an outstanding balance and provide future profit from the same customer?

Take for example a client of ours that is a chemical manufacturer. Their customer needs a resin to complete a product made especially for the automotive industry. Their customer has become a slow-paying customer and is way past the agreed-upon terms. They are, however, making weekly installment payments. Without the client’s product, the customer will not be able to fulfill future orders already secured by the automotive company. Having explained that to the resin manufacturer, with our assistance they arrived at the following arrangement: Continue reading “Should I Accept a Promise of Payment On an Outstanding Balance From Client’s Future Sales?”

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What’s The Time Limit To Convert An Arbitration Award To A Judgment In NY?

You only have a year to do that. Since arbitration is an expedited process, you get a relatively short period to confirm the award in New York. Confirming the arbitration award has a 12-month statute of limitations. And the clock starts ticking the date of the arbitrator’s final determination, not the date of the arbitration award.

While confirming the award sounds simple and straightforward, there can be bumps in the road. Make certain not to drive into a pothole, causing damage beyond repair that prevents you from confirming your award on time. Continue reading “What’s The Time Limit To Convert An Arbitration Award To A Judgment In NY?”

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