Lawyer Sued for Not Informing Client if Judgment is Not Timely Renewed, it Will Become Unenforceable

Under California law, a money judgment is enforceable for 10 years. Unless the judgment is renewed prior to the 10-year period, it will become unenforceable. Here, a law firm obtained a judgment in favor of its client. Client allowed the judgment to expire and then sued law firm for malpractice. California Court of Appeal reversed judgment in favor of law firm, because there was no evidence showing judgment could have been collected from judgment debtor.
Robin Mashal
Los Angeles, California
Commercial Litigation
(310) 286-2000

I am a litigation lawyer, licensed to practice law in the State of California. You can reach me by phone at (310) 286-2000.