What Does it Mean That a Sister-State Judgment Was Issued Against Me?

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Due to a disputed debt, an abstract of judgement has been entered against me in California where I reside. Despite the fact that I own nothing anywhere, in the same form EJ-001 it states that “Summons or notice of Entry of Sister-State Judgment was personally served or mailed to (my name and address in California was provided).” What does it exactly mean by sister-state? Is there any judgment or action taken against me somewhere else? PS. I have been served with no summons.

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What it almost certainly means is that, yes, somewhere else a judgment was entered against you, and the enforcement office in that state has recorded the judgment in California. What you should do is speak with a lawyer in both the original state, and in California, to determine how you can most quickly and cost-effectively clear the matter up.


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What Does it Mean That a Sister-State Judgment Was Issued Against Me?
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What Does it Mean That a Sister-State Judgment Was Issued Against Me?
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I have had an abstract of judgement entered against me in California, and it says that it is based on a sister-state judgment. What does that mean?

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Author: Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. is a noted family law expert, Internet law expert, and Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She is the author of "Surviving Divorce: the Single Father's Guide" and "The Email Deliverability Handbook"