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What is a Lien?
It is security for collection of a claim or judgment
When a lien attaches to real estate, it can only be sold if the lien is paid off or the buyer assumes the lien
If a lien is not paid, the lien holder may file forclosure and force the sale of the property
Defining the Parties
Creditor - The person to whom the money is owed. If for child support, it may also be the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Debtor - The person who owes the money, known as the obligor when for child support.
Claimant - The person or agency to whom the money is owed, e.g. obligee.
Foreclosure - The lawsuit seeking to force the sale of the real estate to pay off the liens.
Administrative and Judicial Liens