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Collecting on Past Due Accounts Using a Collection Agency or Debt Collection Law Firm

For small business owners, collecting on past due accounts from your company’s customers is time consuming and keeps you from focusing on your company’s core business.  Because of that, many businesses turn to commercial collection agencies and or debt collection law firms to assist with debt collection efforts.  A collection agency can offer some value for those companies that have many small balance accounts that need to be sent to outside collection.  However, as we have previously talked about in previous articles is the fact that collection agencies are not licensed to practice law. A collection agency must send accounts to collection attorneys and debt collection law firms for further debt collection efforts once it is determined that the collection agency will be unable to collect on the past due debt. In doing so the collection agency raises its contingent collection fee.

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Collection Agencies Can Serve a Limited Purpose

Debt collection law firms send out demand letters as well as make debt collection calls to your customers just as a commercial collection agency would do.  However, a major distinction between a collection agency and a debt collection law firm is that the demand for payment of your company’s past due accounts will come from a collection lawyer.  Receiving a demand letter for payment from a collection attorney lets your customer know that your company is prepared to take your customer to court if an amicable resolution to the past due account cannot be reached. In addition, your company will not have to pay an inflated contingency fee by sending accounts directly to a collection law firm as your company will not have to pay the collection agency an extra fee for simply sending the past due account to a collection law firm.

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We invite you to contact our debt collection law firm and speak to our collection attorney.  Together we would devise a debt collection strategy that was just right for your company.  We would be happy to go into more detail about the differences between  your company using a debt collection law firm rather than  a  commercial collection agency.

 

 

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Collection Agencies Refer Their Debt Collection Files from Their Collection Agency to Our Debt Collection Law Firm

We have been discussing the differences between a debt collection law firm and commercial collection agency in several past articles on our debt collection blog. The first thing that our collection law firm emphasizes to our clients who seek our counsel in how to collect on past due collection accounts is that collection agencies are not licensed to practice law.

Collection agencies are limited in the means and methods available to the collection agency in attempting to recover past due accounts.

A typical collection agency will send out a series of collection letters and then make repeated phone calls. In these tough economic times, that usually is not enough. Most businesses today have very tight cash flow and phone calls and letters from a collection agency may not give the debtor enough incentive to make payments to your company first.

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When you engage a debt collection law firm instead of utilizing commercial collection agencies, you know put the power of the imminent threat of legal action behind your demand for payment on the past due account. It is true that the cash flow of a business presented to a collection agency when they are attempting to collect a debt will be the same as presented to the debt collection law firm but, once a debtor is served with a summons and complaint from a collection attorney, the timetables for payment change.


In our next blog post we will discuss what some of the scenarios your company may expect from a debtor after being served with a debt collection lawsuit. A debt collection lawyer backed by a commercial debt collection law firm can provide several different debt collection strategies for your company to consider. We will make clear why using a commercial debt collection law firm over a commercial collection agency may be the better alternative for your company when implementing a debt collection strategy.