Florida Collection Case Default Judgment

Stephen Gebeloff Florida Colletion Lawyer

Florida Collection Attorney

In Florida, once a Florida Collection Law Suit has been filed, the Clerk of Court will assign a case number.  The Clerk will also issue a summons to be served on the Florida Debtor with the collection lawsuit.  The summons will direct the  debtor  to file a responsive pleading to the creditors allegations contained in  the complaint within twenty (20) days. If the debtor does not file a responsive pleading,  our Florida collection attorney will petition the Court to enter Default. If a responsive pleading is filed, litigation with ensue pursuant to the Florida Rules of Court. The Florida litigation process will be examined in future posts.

If Default is entered, our Florida collection law firm will prepare an affidavit for the creditor to fill out and return to our office. The affidavit will indicate how much money is due to the creditor.  Once the affidavit  is returned to our Florida collection lawyer will file a motion to enter default judgment with the Court.  Our  Florida collection law firm will ask the court  for  the costs incurred  by the creditor to file the collection lawsuit and prejudgment interest. In Florida each party is responsible to pay  their own attorney’s fees in a collection case unless there is  a written agreement between the parties allowing the recovery of reasonable attorneys’ fees , the purchase orders and or invoices  allow for the recovery of attorney’s fees or as allowed  by a Florida Statute.

Once Default Judgment is entered in Florida, our Florida Collection Firm and collection lawyer will be able to begin enforcing the Judgment and  attempt to collect your money that is due.  Post Judgment collection techniques in Florida will be discussed in other posts on this site.

There are many things to consider when trying to collect a Judgment in Florida. Please feel free to contact our Florida Collection Firm to discuss your Florida collection cases. After a review of your case, Mr. Gebeloff will devise a collection strategy that is appropriate for you.

Contact Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A., Collection Law Firm at (561) 953-4600 or email Mr. Gebeloff steve@gebelofflaw.com to discuss your Florida debt collection needs.

 

Statute of Limitations and Collecting Your Debt in Florida

Stephen Gebeloff Florida Colletion Lawyer

Florida Collection Attorney

In Florida when litigation commercial debt collection cases many times our collection law firm must look to see if a debt we are trying to collect violates Florida’s Statute of Limitations. Attempting collection on a debt that is in  violation of The Statute of Limitations, will not be enforceable by the Florida Courts.

To bring a collection law suit on a contract, the breach must have occurred within five years. If the creditor is seeking to enforce an oral contract to collect its debt, the collection lawsuit must be brought within four years. Of course in Florida as in other states there is always the exception to the rule brought on by the Statute of Frauds. For a Florida oral contact to enforceable, the performance of the obligation must be contemplated by the parties to be completed within one year. The application of what constitutes performance under a contract in one year is not always clear in the creditor –debtor relationship.

Please feel free to contact our Florida collection law firm and speak to our Florida collection lawyer about the specifics facts surrounding your Florida debt collection case. You may mail or email your supporting documents to our collection firm. Our Florida collection attorney will review your account and then contact you to devise a strategy for your Florida collection matter.

Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A.
5255 N. Federal Hwy., 3rd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487
(561)953-4600
fax(561)953-4610
steve@gebelofflaw.com

 

Collecting on Fraudulent Transfer in Florida

Florida Collection  Attorney and Collection Law Firm

Florida Collection Attorney and Collection Law Firm

In Florida if principals of a company who are trying to avoid paying the debts of the company attempt to transfer funds and or open up another company, Florida law allows creditors to bring a third-party action against the officers and the new entity to attempt to recover their money. Many debtors in Florida believe simply by transferring money to another person and or opening a new business will put their assets out of reach of creditors in Florida.

With a proper motion brought before a Florida Court, the Judge will grant joinder. This means the officers who transferred money and the new entity will be brought into a Florida lawsuit brought to collect money from the original debtor.

Just because a business appears t be closed or administratively dissolved our Florida Collection Law Firm and Collection Attorney will investigate to see if there is a possibility to assert a cause of action for transferring the money.

Call us if you have any questions about successor liability in Florida for transfer of assets. It is easy to place a Florida collection account with our firm. You may mail or email your supporting documents to our collection firm. Our Florida collection attorney will review your account and then contact you to devise a strategy for your Florida collection matter.

Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A.
5255 N. Federal Hwy., 3rd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487
(561)953-4600
fax(561)953-4610
steve@gebelofflaw.com

 

The Difference Between a Florida Collection Agency and Florida Collection Law Firm

Florida Collection  Attorney and Collection Law Firm

Florida Collection Attorney and Collection Law Firm

Creditors often ask us what the difference is between using a Florida collection agency or several Florida collection agencies as opposed to using a Florida Collection Attorney or Florida Collection Law Firm. Florida collection agencies do have their purpose. If you are looking for a debt collection strategy that sends out collection letters to debtors and then follows up with repeated calls demanding payment,  a collection agency may work when the age of the account receivable is not that old. But, over time, or even now with businesses having a harder time with their cash flow, collection letters and phone calls from a Florida collection agency may not be enough to get your money collected.

When you use a Florida debt collection law firm or a Florida collection attorney or lawyer, the Florida collection lawyer will be able to start a lawsuit to help you effectuate collection. Receiving a summons and a complaint on a collection case starts the clock ticking for the debtor. The debtor now either knows it will have to offer a plan to settle the collection suit, hire a lawyer to defend the Florida collection lawsuit filed by the lawyer. If the debtor fails to respond, the Florida collection lawyer and or Florida collection law firm will be able to move to enter default judgment. The Florida collection lawyer will be able to then begin to look for assets to garnish.

In summary, Florida collection agencies at times can get the results a creditor is looking for. But, in the end, the urgency for the debtor to act to pay a creditor money that is due is much stronger when the collection demand for payment comes from a Florida collection lawyer or law firm.

It is easy to place a Florida collection account with our firm. You may mail or email your supporting documents to our collection firm. Our Florida collection attorney will review your account and then contact you to devise a strategy for your Florida collection matter.

Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A.
5255 N. Federal Hwy., 3rd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33487
(561)953-4600
fax(561)953-4610
steve@gebelofflaw.com

 

Florida Debt Collection Services

Stephen Gebeloff Florida Colletion Lawyer

Florida Collection Attorney

Florida Debt Collection Services
Boca Raton , Florida

Stephen B. Gebeloff, Esq. has provided his clients in Florida and the United States debt collection services for more than 25 years. The firm focuses its debt collection services on commercial collection matters. Being a boutique Florida collection law firm, allows us to focus our Florida debt collection services on finding solutions for our clients’ toughest debt collection matters and devise strategies to effectively liquidate our clients’ account receivables.

Our Florida debt collection services law firm takes on debt collection matters from accounts that are just past due to cases in which judgment has already been attained but, our client has not been able to collect on its Judgment. We endeavor to resolve all of our Florida debt collection services cases in an expeditious, efficient and costs effective manner for our clients.

We welcome you to contact us to set up a Florida Debt Collection Services  Collection Strategy for your Debt Collection Needs. Contact  Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A., Collection Law Firm at (561) 953-4600 or email Mr. Gebeloff steve@gebelofflaw.com to discuss your debt collection needs.

 

Collecting Out of State Judgments

If you are trying to collect money on an out of state judgment, Florida Courts will give out of state Judgments Full Faith and Credit, recognizing them as if they were entered by a Florida Court. To effectuate collection on your out of State Judgment, you will need to first record the Judgment. The clerk will give the debtor thirty (30) days to contest the validity of the Judgment. Typically the most common defense is the foreign court did not have proper personal jurisdiction over the debtor.

After the thirty (30) days have elapsed, creditors will be in a position to begin proceedings to collect their money. Our Florida Judgment Collection Law Firm and Collection Attorney are here to assist creditors collect their out of state judgments.

If you have any further questions regarding the Florida debt collection process, collecting on out of state judgments or the  Florida debt collection process, feel free to call or email our collection lawyer to answer your questions.

 

Discovery During the Florida Collection Case

During litigation in Florida, the Plaintiff and Defendant are able to exchange discovery. This is usually accomplished by utilizing any combination of interrogatories, request for production of documents, request for admissions and or taking depositions. In Florida the opposing party has thirty (30) days to respond to discovery requests. In the Florida debt collection process this is a valuable tool to flush out the defendants defenses if any to your Florida collection case. By using a Florida collection lawyer or Florida collection firm, you can make sure that you have all the documents and information you need from the debtor before going to trial.

If you have any further questions regarding the Florida debt collection process or discovery during the Florida debt collection process, feel free to call or email our collection lawyer to answer your questions.

 

Florida Post Judgment Discovery

In Florida, after a creditor obtains a judgment it can serve post judgment interrogatories in aide-of-execution or choose to subpoena an officer or the person with the most knowledge of the debtor’s finances for  deposition. Depending on the size of the collection matter it may be more cost effective to first send interrogatories. In either case the debtor must provide a full disclosure of its assets including, but not limited to, its bank accounts, automobiles, equipment and or other real and personal property. In Florida if the debtor does not comply with post judgment discovery, a Writ for the Bodily Attachment may be issued by a Florida Judge.

Once the creditor has a full understanding of the debtor’s assets, a determination can be made as to whether or not it would be costs effective to pursue its Florida Collection matter further.

Contact Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A., Collection Law Firm at (561) 953-4600 or email Mr. Gebeloff steve@gebelofflaw.com to discuss your post judgment debt collection needs.

 

Costs for Starting a Collection Law Suit in Florida

For  debt collection cases where the balance  due, exclusive of interest and costs, is less than  $15,000.00 we will require costs  in the amount of $425.00 for up to two debtors. For each additional debtor, we would require an additional $50.00 for the sheriff to serve the summons.

For  debt collection cases where the balance  due is in excess of  $15,000.00 we will require costs  in the amount of $525.00 for up to two debtors. For each additional debtor, we would require an additional $50.00 for the sheriff to serve the summons.

Post Judgment, we would require $250.00  for each bank levy we attempted. That cost is for the writ of garnishment and for the sheriff to serve the writ on the bank.

Costs to levy on other personal property would be quoted by the sheriff’s office  on a case by case basis.

Contact Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A., Collection Law Firm at (561) 953-4600 or email Mr. Gebeloff steve@gebelofflaw.com to discuss your post judgment debt collection needs.

Post Judgment Collection in Florida

After a Judgment is obtained in Florida there are several different methods to consider to effectively liquidate your judgment. However, as a matter of routine practice a certified copy of the Florida Judgment should be recorded in any Florida county that you believe the debtor may have real property. This will act as a lien against that property. The Judgment should also be recorded with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to secure a judgment lien against the debtor’s personal property.

Our firm will attempt to garnish a debtor’s bank account if that information is available. Surprisingly, many debtors have paid our clients in the past and still use the same bank account. If there is no banking information available, our collection firm will serve a Fact Information Sheet, pursuant to the Florida Rules of Court on the debtor. If the debtor fails to answer the Fact Information Sheet in a timely manner, our law firm can petition the Court to have the debtor appear before the Court and tell the Judge why it has not furnished our firm with the debtor’s financial information. If the debtor fails to appear before the Court, the Judge can order that a Writ of Bodily Attachment be issued. If that occurs, the debtor will be picked up by the Sheriff’s Department and face possible incarceration for failure to comply and appear before the Court.

Our firm may consider other avenues such as bringing in a successor entity or the debtor’s principals for fraudulently transferring its assets to either an insider of the debtor or another closely held entity. We can take a debtor’s post judgment deposition to discover assets. We can also serve a wage garnishment, if we are able to determine a place of employment for the debtor.

There are many things to consider when trying to collect a Judgment in Florida. Please feel free to contact our Florida Collection Firm to discuss your Florida Post Judgment matter. After a review of your case, Mr. Gebeloff will devise a post judgment collection strategy that is appropriate for you.

Contact Stephen B. Gebeloff, P.A., Collection Law Firm at (561) 953-4600 or email Mr. Gebeloff steve@gebelofflaw.com to discuss your post judgment debt collection needs.