Pre-judgment writs of replevin allow a creditor to regain possession of any property wrongfully held by another. Florida Statutes §78.069(3) provides the procedure and requires that the creditor post a bond prior to having the writ issued to protect the debtor in the event the property is wrongfully taken. This statute is extremely useful because it allows the creditor to pick up the property through the sheriff without serving the debtor first with the complaint so the debtor has no time to conceal the property.
Executing on a judgment can be an effective way to collect. However, most people do not understand the process involved when using a writ of execution to attempt to take possession of real and/or personal property of a debtor. I get calls all the time from potential clients anxious to collect the debtors antiques or valuable artwork as well as inventory, computers and merchandise. The impression is that now that the creditor has a judgment, it's easy to just go pick up the goods.