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What Is a Writ of Execution? Definition, Uses and Importance.

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A Writ of Execution is the legal document that authorizes a sheriff to seize and sell property in order to satisfy an obligation. The court clerk issues these when they’re needed, so you’ll want one as soon as possible.

Another way to think of a writ of execution is that it’s a court order forcing a judgment of possession and gives law enforcement personnel the ability to begin a transfer of assets.

Execution is often issued only after a judgment of possession if the defendant is legally obligated to pay a plaintiff, but refuses to do so on their own will. A writ of execution can also be used to evict tenants who refuse to leave on their own and who fail to pay rent. In the case a tenant is evicted, the landlord issues a writ of execution which authorizes the tenant and their belongings to be taken from the property.

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