Judgment Collection Process

Judgment Collection Process

Collect money from individuals or businesses in Chicago, IL

Judgement collection efforts are fact sensitive, but often times we recommend a citation to discover assets. Here are further steps that the Law Office of Douglas R Johnson will take for judgement collection process

The First Step:
Obtaining a judgment against the person or entity who owes you money.
We can assist with this on a flat fee basis if you do not have a judgment collection in place in Illinois.
The Second step:
If you already have a judgment in place in Illinois, the next step is collecting the judgment. Collection efforts are fact sensitive, but often times we recommend a citation to discover assets. Below you will find a description of what a citation to discover assets is. We handle a citation to discover assets on behalf of a judgment creditor for a flat fee of $800, which includes preparation of the citation to discover assets, up to two court appearances and the costs of filing and service. It costs $80 to file a citation to discover assets in Cook County and other counties charge a similar amount. The citation needs to be served on the judgment debtor via certified mail and if the certified mail or personal service.

Illinois law allows for a creditor to attempt to collect on the judgment to appear before the court on a Citation to Discover Assets, which is a tool to discover and recover assets of a debtor. A citation to discover assets allows a creditor to compel a debtor to give a complete disclosure of the debtor's financial situation. In Illinois, a citation to discover assets is a powerful tool in that it can be used to perform any action that can be used in all other post-judgment procedures.
The citation to discover assets is a continuing lien on any of the debtor's property and allows for a creditor to discover all assets belonging to the debtor. This is an extraordinary remedy that can used to reach recalcitrant or dishonest debtors who are unwilling (but often able) to satisfy the judgments entered against them.

A citation to discover assets does many things that other post-judgment procedures such as wage garnishments and nonwage garnishments don't. Namely, a citation to discover assets creates a continuing lien upon service on the debtor or a third-party that you believe may have assets of the debtor. In addition, it creates a lien on all personal property.

Next, a citation to discover assets requires the respondent to appear personally in court or they may be held in contempt of court. In addition, you can serve the citation to discover assets via certified mail and you may be able to get attorney fees in a citation to discover assets proceeding.


Law Office of Douglas R Johnson has extensive experience in collecting and enforcing judgments via a citation to discover assets. If you have a judgment in Chicago, IL or surrounding areas, please contact us to assist you.

Contact us if you want to proceed with the flat fee of $800 and attempting to discuss your judgment collection case further via a citation to discover assets.