Post Judgment Remedies


A Till Tap Authorizes the Levying Officer to Levy on the Contents of a Business Cash Register and Safe


Till Tap

A till tap occurs when a marshal or sheriff goes into the business owned by the debtor and takes possession of all of the money in the till. If the debtor operates a store, shop, or any other kind of business which maintains a large amount of cash on the premises, a till tap can be used to seize any funds on the premises (e.g., money in the cash register) at a given time. A till tap should occur on a day and at a time when the debtor is likely to have a large amount of cash on the premises (e.g., the last day of a big sale).


A Sheriff Keeper Authorizes the Levying Officer to Place a Keeper on the Premises of the Business for a Specific Period of Time to Collect any Cash as it Comes into the Business


Sheriff Keeper

A keeper occurs when a levying officer (often a retired sheriff’s deputy), marshal or sheriff is placed on the business’s premises of the debtor, for a number of days or hours as instructed (usually in 8 to 24 hour increments) and collects monies received by the business for the period of time instructed to be there. To do this, the creditor must pay the levying officer a deposit to cover the full cost of having a keeper on the business premises as well as other expenses that may be incurred by the levying officer. Before using a keeper, a creditor need decide whether the amount of your judgment is large enough to warrant the expense of a keeper, and whether it is likely that the business will collect enough cash to pay the judgment and the costs of a keeper. While the keeper is present, all sales must be for cash or its equivalent (for example, checks or bank credit card drafts); nothing can be sold on the business’ own credit, without the creditor’s consent. Usually, a decision to place a keeper on the debtor’s business premises is likely to result in a prompt offer of payment if the debtor has the resources to pay.