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How do I file a foreign judgment in Nevada?

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Judgments issued in states other than Nevada are considered a foreign judgment. Nevada has adopted the uniform law on domesticating foreign judgments in Nevada. The first step is to obtain an exemplified copy of the judgment from the original court. The exemplified judgment is then filed with the Nevada court, and the defendant/debtor is given notice of the filing. The debtor has the right to object to the filing in court, but the court is extremely limited on the defenses that it can recognize to invalidate a sister state judgment. The debtor is not allowed to re-litigate his or her case. If after 30 days no defense is offered or the offered defense is rejected, then the judgment becomes official in Nevada. Once the judgment is officially recognized in Nevada, then all remedies available for collection can be used. These remedies include wage and bank garnishments, judgment debtor examinations and the seizure of nonexempt property.

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