In California, a creditor can pursue a prejudgment attachment against a natural person if their claim is 1) commercial, and 2) based on a contract. If a creditor is concerned that their debtor may try to hide assets to avoid paying out on a debt, a prejudgment attachment can attach to a person's real estate or inventory (or anything that a company owns) and secure their payment.
It's not uncommon for a business to provide goods or services to a customer and not be paid for those goods / services. Indeed, there are some people who just don't think that they should have to pay. Is your only option getting a judgment? Is there another option that protects your ability to get paid the money that you're owed pending judgment?