Debt Recovery Lawsuit

Where Should Your Company File a Debt Recovery Lawsuit

The question is often asked by our commercial debt collection clients where should suit be filed against their customer with delinquent account receivables when their customer is not located in the same State. There are two choices. A debt collection lawsuit can be brought in the State where the client is located or a collection lawsuit can be brought in the State where the client’s customer is located to attempt recovery of the debt.

Bringing a debt recovery lawsuit in the State where the client is located has logistical advantages but, not always the fastest way to recovery debt from a customer who seems to be intentionally ignoring the obligation to pay. It is true that our client may not have to incur the cost of traveling to the debtor’s State to attempt recovery of the debt but, typically if the debt recovery suit is brought in the client’s State the debtor will simply ignore the suit and a default judgment will be obtained. At that point, the client will then have to domesticate the judgment in the debtor’s State to be able to seize the debtor’s assets. This slows down the debt recovery process.

Debt recovery law firm

Debt Recovery Law Firm

Our commercial debt recovery law firm recommends that   debt collection lawsuit be brought in the debtor’s State. If the debtor is still operating that is where the debtor’s assets are going to be to levy and or garnish. It is true that the client may have to travel to attend trial but, typically if a debtor is simply stalling and not offering any legitimate defenses, our debt recovery attorneys have found that the same default judgment can be obtained in the debtor’s State and debt recovery efforts can begin sooner. In this scenario the client would not have to travel at all. The default judgment could be obtained simply by providing an affidavit as to the delinquent account receivable.

Our debt recovery law firm has a network of highly skilled debt recovery lawyers throughout the United States. Please call our debt recovery lawyers and discuss what the best strategy is to pursue recovery of your delinquent account receivables no matter where your customer may be located.

Marketing Debt Collection-Essential to a Debt Collection Firm

Marketing our Debt Collection Law Firm and Debt Recovery Services

Marketing our law practice is essential to ensure the continuing growth of our commercial debt collection practice. Our law firm is aware of the important role social media plays in getting our firm’s message across.   Our objective is to engage not only our current commercial debt collection clients but, to reach new clients that are having issues collecting their account receivables.

Our debt collection attorneys have created a Blog to write current articles pertaining to debt collection. The Blog posts cover a variety of topics ranging from how to make demand on a debtor for payment prior to litigation, the litigation process, defenses a debtor may raise during a debt collection case, obtaining a judgment, how to collect on a Florida judgment and ways to possibly recover against third parties for the debt if there has been fraudulent activity.

Debt Recovery Law Firm

Debt Recovery Law Firm

Our firm has a Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Google Plus Account and Linkeden Page. We use these pages to keep our commercial debt clients up to date and to also share information with others who may have a need for our debt collection services or know someone who does. Part of our marketing strategy of course is to be found by new clients who are looking for our debt recovery services.

Search Engine Optimization “SEO” is an important part of our marketing. Today clients looking for our Florida debt collection services or our Florida debt collection attorneys do not go to the Yellow Pages, most perform a Google Search. It is no secret that if our debt collection law firm is not found on the first page of Google, potential commercial collection clients will not find us.   To help our debt collection firm be found on Google, our collection attorney recently enrolled in a SEO course offered by ScaleUP Academy.

The course was presented in ten (10) videos that showed our debt collection law  firm simple steps to take and adjustments to make to our web pages. The course was easy to understand and even though we are a debt collection law firm and not web designers or computer programmers, we were able to follow along. We implemented most of the strategies suggested by ScaleUP Consulting. Our  collection law firm is now showing up on the first page for Google searches for potential debt collection clients looking for our debt recovery services. We have noticed a significant increase in new debt collection client telephone calls coming into our debt recovery law firm.

How Fast Can Judgment Be Obtained in a Debt Collection Case

How Fast Can Judgment Be Obtained in a Debt Collection Case

Our debt collection client’s frequently ask our collection attorneys-lawyers how long will it take to collect their companies past due account receivables. It is important to note that every debt collection case is unique. Below we will summarize what to expect when your account receivable manager places an account for debt collection with our law firm.

If after a debt collection lawsuit is filed by our collection law firm, the debtor files no responsive pleading to the complaint, twenty (20) days after the summons is served, default will be entered. Thereafter, our debt collection client simply has to execute an affidavit of proof and our collection lawyers-attorneys will prepare a Motion for Default Judgment. In this scenario Judgment can be obtained anywhere from thirty (30) to forty-five (45) days.

Debt Collection Case

Debt Collection Case

If a debt collection case is disputed by a debtor, the timing of a debt collection case depends on the dollar amount of the account receivable. In Florida, if a debt collection account is under $15,000.00 that would put the account in the jurisdiction of the Florida County Court Judicial System. In Florida, debt collection cases filed in the County Court typically go to trial within four to six months after the debt collection case is filed. Debt collection cases filed by our debt collection law firm in Florida that have an account receivable above $15,000.00, put the account in the Jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. Cases in this jurisdiction typically take longer to go to trial than debt collection cases that are filed in the County Court.

 

 

As previously indicated, each debt collection case is different. Our collection attorneys-lawyers work with our clients to try and streamline the process and get the debt collection case to trial and secure a judgment as expeditiously as possible. Once a judgment is obtained by our debt collection law firm, our collection attorneys-lawyers and debt collection paralegals will then devise a strategy to then attempt to liquidate the judgement.

We encourage all account managers to call and speak to our collection attorney to devise a comprehensive debt collection strategy for all of their account receivables that have become delinquent. There are many studies that show the longer a creditor waits to take action on collecting past due accounts, the percentage of recovery drops over time.

Collection Attorney Demand Letter

Collection Attorney Demand Letter

The collection attorney demand letter in a debt collection case is an important tool to the debt collection law firm, debt collection attorneys-lawyers and the creditor who is attempting collection on its past due receivable. The collection attorney demand letter typically is the first communication a debtor receives from a debt collection law firm. The collection attorney-lawyer sets forth the creditors’ position and entitlement to payment on past due debt.

Attorney Demand Letters

Attorney Demand Letters

The collection attorney demand letter drafted by one our collection attorneys-lawyers is sometimes all that is needed to have a debtor call our debt collection law firm to make arrangements for payment of the outstanding receivable. Other times, the collection attorney demand letter is returned by the postmaster as non-deliverable. This helps our collection attorneys-lawyers establish whether the debtor has simply relocated or if the debtor may have closed its doors. Our collection attorneys after verifying if the debtor is still in business will reissue the collection attorney demand letter.

 

 

If the debtor is still operating and there is not a positive response to the collection attorney demand letter and the ensuing debt collection phone calls made by our debt collection attorneys-lawyers, our debt collection law firm will discuss taking further legal action to attempt collection of a creditors account receivable.

Our debt collection law firm can customize the attorney demand letter to be industry specific. Please feel free to call our debt collection firm and ask to speak to one of our debt collection lawyers-attorneys about setting up a debt collection strategy and sending a collection attorney demand letter to your customer.

Attorney Demand Letter

Attorney Demand Letter Service for the Collection Industry

The Gebeloff Law Group is excited to announce a new attorney demand collection letter service to creditors. The attorney demand letter service allows creditors to place debt collection claims initially at a flat rate fee rather than being obligated to pay a contingency fee for debt collection. The concept is to send the attorney demand letter to a debtor and to inform the debtor that this is their last chance to make payment arrangements on past due receivables.

Attorney Demand Letter

Attorney Demand Letter

If collection of money due to your company does not result from the attorney demand letter, our collection attorney will consult with our collection client and decide if they would like to place the claim for debt collection litigation. The concept of the debt collection attorney demand letter program is save companies money. Rather than a creditor paying a contingency fee , sometimes a debtor just may need the final push of an attorney demand collection letter and a phone call from a collection lawyer to get the debtor to pay your company money due and owing.

To place an attorney demand letter our collection clients can visit our web site attorneydemandletters.com. Once they are on the attorney demand letter site, there will be instructions on how to submit a claim for our collection attorney demand letter service. If a client feels that a collection attorney demand letter most likely will not be enough to persuade a debtor to pay their outstand account, the debt collection client can also place the debt collection account for litigation with our debt collection law firm.

 

For more information on the attorney demand letter debt collection program, our clients can visit our website or call our collection firm to discuss the attorney demand letter program. Together, working with our collection attorneys, a debt collection client can determine if the attorney demand collection letter program is the right approach to collect their money.

Restrictive Endorsement

CASHING A CHECK WITH A RESTRICTIVE ENDORSEMENT / IS THE CHECK  NOW PAYMENT IN FULL

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It is important for creditors to consult with a lawyer. Our collection law firm is frequently asked to answer the question can cashing a check with a restrictive endorsement “paid in full” mean that they have accepted the payment as full payment despite the fact there is still a balance due. This a complicated area and we urge our client’s to call our collection law firm and speak to our collection lawyer.
Any writing affixed on a check or words contained in some form of document, i.e., email, letter, that refers to an accompanying check is considered a “restrictive endorsement.” Creditors should be versed on the effects of “restrictive endorsements” as cashing a check with a restrictive endorsement could lead to the conclusion that the debtor has achieved an “accord and satisfaction,” payment in full. At our debt collection law firm, we receive many inquiries from our debt collection clients on whether or not to cash a check tendered by a debtor with a restrictive endorsement. Our collection attorneys always err on the side of caution and advise our debt collection clients not to cash the checks.

Restrictive Endorsements on Checks

Restrictive Endorsements on Checks

Our collection law firm also receives inquiries to our collection lawyers about situations where a check is sent to a lock box and cashed. Fortunately for our debt collection clients, all states, have adopted the recent revision of the Uniform Commercial Code, Article 3, Section 311 (UCC3-311), which is commonly referred to as “Safe Harbor.” The Safe Harbor principal is applicable to payments received in a system that is serviced by a third party (such as a bank lock box or a post office box). Typically, this is the creditor’s banking institution whose lock box is serviced by banking personnel lacking the knowledge and expertise to make an informed decision relative to restricted endorsements.
The Florida statute is found below but generally a creditor should look to state statute to find a similar Safe Harbor provision such as UCC 3-311. The UCC 3-311 specifies within 90 days of depositing restricted payment from a buyer, the seller can send one of their checks back to the buyer in the same amount of the restricted check and preserve the creditor/seller’s legal remedies. The creditor should make sure the “reimbursement” check should be sent back via some mode requiring proof of attempted delivery. Our collection clients should note the buyer/debtor need not cash the “reimbursement check;” as the creditor/seller’s right to proceed with litigation is preserved by the act of sending back the amount originally submitted under endorsement text or provisions.
Our collection lawyers also counsel our debt collection clients to make sure they put specific language in their contracts and or credit applications pertaining to where and to whom payment should be sent. This is important because the Uniform Commercial Code provides that if a credit grantor is made aware of a dispute prior to any type of final payment being made the creditor’s claim for an overdue balance is not discharged if within a reasonable time before tender the creditor stipulates that a restricted instrument (restricted check) must be sent to a designated person, office or place. If those instructions are not followed, then creditor remedies are available.

Florida Statute Section 673.3111 Accord and satisfaction by use of instrument, provides:
(1) If a person against whom a claim is asserted proves that that person in good faith tendered an instrument to the claimant as full satisfaction of the claim, that the amount of the claim was unliquidated or subject to a bona fide dispute, and that the claimant obtained payment of the instrument, the following subsections apply.
(2) Unless subsection (3) applies, the claim is discharged if the person against whom the claim is asserted proves that the instrument or an accompanying written communication contained a conspicuous statement to the effect that the instrument was tendered as full satisfaction of the claim.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), a claim is not discharged under subsection (2) if either paragraph (a) or paragraph (b) applies:
(a) The claimant, if an organization, proves that:
1. Within a reasonable time before the tender, the claimant sent a conspicuous statement to the person against whom the claim is asserted that communications concerning disputed debts, including an instrument tendered as full satisfaction of a debt, are to be sent to a designated person, office, or place; and
2. The instrument or accompanying communication was not received by that designated person, office, or place.
(b) The claimant, whether or not an organization, proves that, within 90 days after payment of the instrument, the claimant tendered repayment of the amount of the instrument to the person against whom the claim is asserted. This paragraph does not apply if the claimant is an organization that sent a statement complying with subparagraph (a) 1.
(4) A claim is discharged if the person against whom the claim is asserted proves that within a reasonable time before collection of the instrument was initiated, the claimant, or an agent of the claimant having direct responsibility with respect to the disputed obligation, knew that the instrument was tendered in full satisfaction of the claim.

 

Our debt collection clients  are often confused  on what they should do with a check with a restrictive endorsement  ” Paid in Full.” Please feel free to contact our debt collection lawyers at our debt recovery law firm. Our collection attorneys are always willing to discuss a collection strategy to help our client’s minimize risk and bad debt.

DEBT COLLECTION ATTORNEY TO HELP CASH FLOW

Debt Collection Attorney

In the beginning of 2015 many businesses will look at their account receivables and realize their cash flow could be better if their customers paid their invoices on a timely basis. A business decision needs to be made when  to use the services of a collection law firm to help recover delinquent accounts. Our collection law firm and attorneys work with our clients to strike a balance between aggressive collection strategies or simply to send a gentle collection letter to the client’s customers who simply need to see that past due payments are no longer going to be ignored by your company.

Debt Collection Attorney

Debt Collection Attorney

Our debt collection law firm has many years of debt recovery experience in most industries.Our collection attorneys have the experience to use a gentle debt collection approach to help the client maintain the business relationship; or our collection lawyers can recommend a more aggressive approach, including filing a lawsuit to attempt recovery of your receivable when necessary. Our debt collection firm will also explore naming officers of the debtor company, when it appears that the customer may have fraudulently misrepresented their financial position in order to induce your company to ship product.
Please call our debt recovery law firm and ask to speak to our collection attorney or one of debt collection paralegals. We will be happy to discuss a debt collection strategy that is just right for your company. Do not let past due collection accounts put a damper on your cash flow. Call our debt collection law firm and debt collection attorney today.

Officer Liability in a Debt Collection Case

When considering strategies to most effectively be able to collect money on a debt owed to your company, an analysis of the corporate structure is vital. The State Department of Corporations give valuable information on how the corporate debtor is structured. Many times in a debt collection case, our collection attorneys find that the debtor’s corporation has been administratively dissolved. That does not necessarily mean the debtor company is still not operating. In that case our collection law firm is able to bring your company’s debt collection lawsuit against the officers of the company in an individual capacity. Our collection lawyer would draft the caption of the debt collection lawsuit …John Johns t/a (trading as) Bob’s Debtor Company.

Our collection law firm believes that keeping pressure on the officers of an entity is a very effective tool in getting your debt collection matter resolved. Most companies set up a corporate structure to shield the officers from personal liability. However, if the company is sloppy and does not keep up its corporate charter, individual liability for the debt may be imposed by the Courts.

Miami Dade Court House

Miami Dade County Court House

Our collection law firm’s collection attorneys also look for evidence that a corporate debtor may have been severely under-capitalized. Our debt collection law firm has brought suit against officers of a company for not having adequate working capital. The theory being that the officers knew or should have known that the debtor entity did not have the financial capability to pay for the goods or services.

If you would like to discuss your company’s debt collection and or debt recovery strategies with our debt collection attorney, feel free to call our debt collection law firm. We would be happy to devise a debt collection and recovery strategy that is custom tailored to your company’s debt collection needs. EMAIL US TODAY

Why Use a Collection Attorney / Why Use a Collection Agency

A collection attorney has the ability to send out collection letters to customers that owe you money. The collection attorney can provide insights to you on alternative methods of effectuating debt collection. Our collection law firm is constantly looking for ways to pierce the corporate veil and assert personal liability against corporate officers of a company even when there are no personal guarantees on the account securing the debt.

Another advantage in using a collection attorney law firm over a collection agency is that the collection attorney can file a lawsuit to help you collect your money. If your customer does not enter into a payment agreement with our collection law firm, our collection attorney will enter judgment. Once judgment is entered, there are many different ways our collection attorney can discuss with you on how to locate assets to satisfy the debt.

Florida Collection Law Firm

Palm Beach County Court House

If you have smaller balance accounts that it does not make sense to litigate with a debt collection law firm, a collection agency may be the answer. The collection agency will also send demand letters and make phone calls. But, of course a collection agency cannot provide legal advice or file a lawsuit to collect your money.

If you need to discuss your account receivable issues with our collection attorney, please feel free to contact our debt recovery law firm and our collection lawyer will be happy to devise a debt collection strategy that is just right for you. steve@gebelofflaw.com

Collection Attorney to Run NYC Marathon for Sloan Kettering

Collection attorney Stephen Gebeloff will be running the NYC Marathon in November to benefit Sloan Kettering as part of Fred’s Team. When he is not behind  his desk at his boutique  collection law firm, he is spending many hours out on the road training.

“Life is not all about being a collection attorney”   Gebeloff  explains.  Besides collecting debts and collecting on judgments for his client’s , Gebeloff  believes that is is important to give back.  Knowing I can personally help make a difference in the battle against cancer  helps  me run the many miles in preparing for  the marathon.

Gebeloff has been practicing debt collection law for most of his career but,  finds running  to help find a cure  very rewarding.  “In my debt  collection law career I have met many people  and very rarely have a dull day. But, when I’m not collecting debt’s, I love to lace up my sneakers and  run with my teammates, most become friends for life.”

If you have further questions about  our collection law practice or want to speak to Steve about his running, call or email.   We will devise a debt collection or  running strategy that  is just right for you.

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If you would like to support our collection attorney  for his Marathon Run, you may make a tax deductible contribution by  clicking the link below.

Link to Support our Collection Attorney  and Sloan Kettering