This page is for those of you who have received all those emails telling
you what a great and growing business opportunity "Judgment Recovery" is.
The questions below are the ones most commonly asked of me, Charles Perez, "The Judgment Collector".
If you'd like to try to collect your own judgment then these first two recommendations are just what you need:
The first is "The Citizen's Step-by-Step Guide to Collecting Your Judgment" priced at just $39.95 (at this writing) which is a real bargain when you discover all the information that is supplied.
This excellent "self-help manual" is presented by my fellow CAJP member and long-time judgment professional Peter Gilboy,Phd who has his own successful judgment collection service in San Diego called "Judgment Trackers".
In my opinon, this is the best "self-help", step-by-step Judgment Collection guide I've ever had the pleasure to review.
NOTE: This manual is for those of you who are attempting to collect your own judgment.
The second is a self-help book that was put out by NOLO Press entitled "How to Collect When You Win a Lawsuit (4th Ed.)" This book originally sold for about $39.00 but is no longer being printed, however you can probably find a copy at your local library or pay through the nose for the few remaining copies available at AMAZON.com.
Hint: Try the library first.
If you'd like to seriously consider getting into the judgment recovery business then the my third and fourth suggested manuals are worth their weight in gold:
The third I'd recommend you seriously consider is "The REAL WORLD Judgment Recovery Guidebook" priced at the affordable price of only $149.00 (at this writing) which is yet another excellent resource developed by another CAJP member, Barry R. Goldman.
Barry has been personally involved in the judgment recovery business for several years and has done an excellent job of carefully dissecting every aspect of the judgment recovery business, meticulously outlining the legal concepts, providing guidance to aid you in avoiding various legal pitfalls in the beginning of your new career and advising you on successfully managing your judgment recovery business.
This manual is extremely well written and well researched and is a "must" for your professional bookshelf.
The fourth manual on my short list is "Success! As a Judgment Recovery Specialist" priced at just $249.00 (at this writing) which is a real bargain when you discover all the information that is supplied. This is another excellent manual presented by fellow CAJP member and long-time judgment professional Peter Gilboy,Phd.
Peter describes many actual, real life collection challenges and provides concise solutions to the collection process.
This is another great resource you should have on your professional bookshelf.
This manual, like Barry Goldman's, is a complete course covering everything the novice needs to know to start their own judgment enforcement business and run it efficiently, successfully, and profitably!
(1) The National Judgment Network is geared more for a "National" membership and many states are represented. Their $119.00 lifetime fee also includes several perks, such as form letters that may be adapted to your specific needs, payment calculators, a case management program, etc. These are all essentials for the newcomer and the forums are well moderated so you can discuss problem cases with other members and get advice from a variety of sources.
(2) The California Association of Judgment Professionals is a real top notch group of professionals based not only in California but has several members in states outside of California as well. Membership is $125.00 per year and worth every nickel. The members forum generates creative problem solving and, at times (when some of the more colorful members spout off) is quite entertaining as well!
This non-profit organization also sponsers an annual "convention" where pros and newbies can take courses from leaders in the collection industry. This group is probably the premier group to belong to. Visit the site if your serious about entering this field.
When you get further along in your recovery business I'd strongly recommend a judgment recovery spreadsheet program (that I also personally own and use) for the serious judgment collector created by Tiffany Salls, a fellow CAJP member. Her program, called "JAW" or (the) Judgment Accounting Workbook is an invaluable tool for calculating interest, costs after judgment, application of payments, and much more.
Calculating judgment balances is time consuming and tricky. The Judgment Accounting Program is an Excel template with a user-friendly interface that will “take the bite" out of judgment accounting.
Why is this such a terrific (and necessary) program?
Simple: Nothing kills the FLOW of your paperwork faster than a court clerk pointing out that you've applied fees, payments or interest incorrectly on your paperwork.
This program simplifies the process and shows you where to correctly apply any fees or payments that are incurred during the span of your collection of a judgment. At only $99.00 ($75.00 if you're a CAJP member!) this is a MUST program for proper, effective case management.
I really hope this page has been helpful for those of you casting about wondering what this business is all about!
"The Judgment Collector"
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