When a party to a lawsuit is awarded a money judgment against another party, the winning party does not yet have a lien on the losing party’s property. A money judgment is secured by a judgment lien only when an abstract of judgment is issued and recorded in accordance with Chapter 52 of the Property Code. The abstract is issued by the court which rendered the judgment and is then recorded by the judgment creditor in the real estate records of any county in which the judgment creditor believes the judgment debtor has property. The contents of the abstract are specified in the Property Code. Read more.