Florida collection attorney will be attending the South Palm Beach County Bar Association 57th Annual Installation Gala at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton Florida. Our debt collection law firm has been providing debt collection legal services to clients in Florida since 2004. Our collection lawyer has thirty years of legal experience and he prides himself in offering companies seeking alternative ways of attempting to collect past due debt. The South Palm Beach County, Florida Bar Association has some of the top lawyers in the county as members. Our collection attorney is often asked for his advice from these Florida lawyers on how to help collect on some their law firm’s debt collection matters.
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Lawyer Who Collects Debt in Florida
Obtaining a judgment in Florida is only the first step when trying to recover past due accounts. Our collection lawyer will explain to our law firm’s clients that there are several ways to uncover assets and collect on past due accounts. The collection attorney has been using charging liens to attach the interest of officers, directors and members of Florida entities. There are other post judgment methods that will be presented by our Florida collection attorney and will explained to our Florid debt recovery law firm’s clients.
Florida Collection Attorney Who Helps Recover Bad Debt
When you call our law firm in Florida that collects past due debt, our collection attorney will learn more about your company’s account receivable practice and procedure with the goal of helping your company reduce the amount of bad debt it has on the company books. Our collection lawyer will take the time to help shape your company’s internal debt collection policies and procedures. We are happy to assist all our Florida clients with their debt recovery and credit and collection needs.
When your company is looking to collect past due accounts, it can consider using a Florida debt collection agency or a Florida debt collection law firm. A collection agency in Florida is only able to send collection letters and make debt collection calls. Using a Florida collection attorney puts the additional power of using a law firm that will be able to start suit to attempt to collect the past due account receivable. The Florida collection lawyer would file a debt collection lawsuit and then prepare a summons to serve the debtor. Once a debtor receives a debt collection lawsuit prepared by a Florida debt collection law firm and signed by a collection lawyer, your customer knows that they will need to address the past due account.
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Florida Collection Law Firm
When you call our Florida collection law firm, ask to speak to our collection attorney. Together we will review your company’s credit and collection policy and procedure. The first step is to recognize that being proactive in your company’s internal collection efforts can reduce the number of delinquent invoices. The Florida collection lawyer will explain, despite your company’s best efforts on collecting on past due invoices, there will always be accounts that should be turned over to a Florida debt collection law firm. Our collection attorney will explain our debt recovery firm’s procedures, so your company is comfortable working with our collection lawyers.
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Our Florida debt collection law firm helps other attorneys throughout the State of Florida collect the Judgments they have obtained for their clients. Our Florida collection attorney has lectured throughout Florida helping other attorneys understand how to use advance debt collection tools available once a judgment is obtained. Our collection attorney looks at different ways to impose personal liability on officers of companies when the company has not paid for goods or services your company has provided. Call our debt collection law firm and ask to speak to our Florida debt collection attorney to discuss your company’s various debt collection options.
Florida Collection Attorney to Assist Collect Past Due Accounts
Our Florida collection attorney has been getting many calls from companies that are actively trying to recover bad debt. Our collection lawyer hears time and time again that many of these companies seeking our Florida debt collection law firm’s assistance is that there were not proper internal credit and collection procedures in place at the company. To minimize the chance that an account has to be placed with either a collection agency or commercial debt collection law firm, our Florida collection attorney has authored an e-book on how to help a company set up better internal credit and collection procedures.
Guide to Internal Debt Collection Procedures
Florida Collection Lawyer Explains Difference Between a Collection Agency and Debt Collection Law Firm
Despite setting up credit and collection procedures, there will be times when your company will have to refer a past due account to either a commercial collection agency or a Florida debt collection law firm. Our collection attorney will be able to explain to you the differences between using collection agencies and a Florida collection lawyer to help your company recovery past due account receivable. Collection agencies are useful when it comes to high volume placements of past due collection accounts. The collection agency can send a series of collection letters demanding payment and then make debt collection calls attempting the collection of money.
A Collection Agency is Not a Licensed Florida Collection Attorney – We Are a Florida Collection Law Firm
Remember a collection agency is not licensed to practice law. A Florida collection law firm also sends collection letters and makes collection calls demanding payment of the past due account. The Florida collection attorney then will be able to file a law suit to attempt recovery of the past due debt. A collection agency would have to refer the collection case to a collection lawyer and in turn charge your company a higher contingent fee upon collection of the money.
Call to Speak to Our Florida Collection Lawyer
Call our Florida Collection Law Firm and speak to our debt collection lawyer. Our Florida collection attorney has three decades of experience in debt collection. Working with your company our collection attorney will devise a debt collection strategy for your company that is just right for your company’s debt recovery needs.
Palm Beach County Debt Collection Attorneys – Lawyers
The Gebeloff Law Group is pleased to announce it has moved its collection attorney offices to new office facilities in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Florida. The Firm provides debt collection and recovery services for its clients throughout Florida. The collection attorneys are pleased to move to the new Boca Raton office where they will continue to pursue the recovery of account receivable for their debt collection clients who are looking to collect on past due accounts.
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The Gebeloff Law Group is not a collection agency. In past blog posts we have discussed the difference between a commercial collection agency and a law firm that concentrates its practice on debt collection. A collection agency is not licensed to practice debt collection law. Collection attorneys are licensed in the State of Florida to practice law. The collection lawyers focus on debt recovery and collection. Just like a commercial collection agency our collection attorneys are able to send demand letters for payment of money due to your company.
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Collecting money in the state of Florida requires a comprehensive debt collection strategy. The collection attorneys at our Florida debt collection law firm are available to custom tailor a debt recovery strategy after speaking to you about your company’s debt collection needs. Not every company wants to pursue the same type of debt collection method. Our collection lawyers will listen to your company’s business model and then make suggestions on how best not only to collect on current past due account receivable, but assist your company devise a credit and collection strategy to keep past due accounts becoming problematic and becoming a drain on your company’s cash flow.
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Fell free to call the Florida collection attorneys at our debt recovery law firm to discuss how together our debt collection team can devise a debt collection strategy that is just right for your company.
Collecting Money Owed To Your Company With A Florida Collection Lawyer
Our Florida debt collection law firm has experience in collecting past due account receivable owed to your company. Collecting money from companies that owe your company money can be frustrating. In today’s economy, many businesses are struggling with cash flow which results in paying their vendors on a timely basis. Debt collection hopefully is the last resort for your company and your company has a good internal credit and collection practice in place. Our collection attorney has authored a book to assist companies set up internal credit and collection practices. Click here to get your free copy of this informative Ebook on debt collection.
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Debt Collection Law Firm – Debt Collection Attorneys
Our collection lawyer has explained before the difference between a commercial collection agency and using a debt collection law firm to assist your company recover bad debt. Collection agencies do have a purpose. However, a collection agency is limited in collecting past due accounts in that they have to rely on sending demand letters for payment and/or make a series of collection phone calls. A debt collection law firm uses collection attorneys and debt collection lawyers to not only send demand letters for payment of money due and owing, but the collection lawyer is able to file a lawsuit to collect on the past due account if collection letters and debt collection phone calls to not lead to the recovery of your money.
Our Florida collection lawyers also concentrate on collecting on judgments. Once a judgment is obtained there are a variety of methods that our debt collection law firm can employ to try and discover assets. Obtaining a judgment for money due your company is not necessarily difficult, it is collecting on the judgment and getting you company paid the money it is owed that sometimes takes the right skill and finesse to liquidate the judgment so that your company collects the money it is owed
Implementing an effective debt collection strategy for your company
Collection Attorney, Stephen Gebeloff is set to release his eBook to help companies with internal debt collection and external debt collection policies and procedures. The eBook is entitled “Collecting Account Receivables.” The eBook was written to help companies tighten up their internal collection procedures. The sub-title of the debt collection book is “Don’t Let Your Company’s Money Burn.”
Guide to Internal Debt Collection Procedures
The debt collection attorneys at our commercial collection law firm believe that if more companies were more proactive with their internal procedures relating to collecting their past due accounts, they would find that there would be a higher rate of recovery on accounts that they extend credit to.
The eBook discusses the differences between collection agencies and collection law firms. Using a commercial collection agency can be useful in some situations. However, credit managers should be mindful that a collection agency is not licensed to practice law. When using collection agencies, if the collection agency is unable to collect on an account, they then must send the file to a commercial collection law firm. The collection agency will charge your company a higher contingency fee as the collection agency will act as a middleman and want to retain a percentage of the contingency fee.
The eBook also discusses the debt collection process once a file is turned over to either a collection agency or debt collection law firm. Once a lawsuit is filed to attempt collection of past due accounts, the various scenarios are discussed. The e-Book gives an outline of the debt collection process. The collection attorneys at The Gebeloff Law Group are always happy to answer any questions your company may have. We will discuss the differences between commercial collection agencies, commercial collection law firms and how each may or may not be appropriate to help your company recover past due accounts.
In previous articles, we have been discussing why collection agencies may not be the best alternative when your company is trying to collect an account receivable. A collection agency is not licensed to practice law and cannot give your company legal advice about debt collection in Florida. Many Florida collection agencies retain our Florida debt collection law firm once traditional collection practices employed by a Florida collection agency have been exhausted.
A Florida Collection Agency Cannot Practice Law
There are basic steps every Collection Attorney should undertake when representing a judgment creditor in order to assess the likelihood of recovering from a judgment debtor. In addition, a Florida Attorney undertaking to collect on a Judgment should be versed in the various rights and remedies that are available to Judgment creditors afforded by Florida Law, that when used correctly, may lead to recovery of money towards satisfaction of the Judgment.
Below are steps that a collection attorney should perform when analyzing a collection matter and making an assessment as to the viability of collection:
Speak to the creditor client to determine if the client has any knowledge if the Judgment debtors may be associated with any business entities and officers, directors, partners, members. This information is useful as Florida law permits a charging lien to be issued and served on an entity against a Judgment debtor’s interest in an entity.
Perform their own search of the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations to see if the Judgment debtor is listed as an officer or managing member or partner in any business.
Use public record search programs made available to collection attorneys such as Accurint or Lexisnexis to get a broad profile on the debtor including, but not limited to, addresses the debtor has lived at, corporations the debtor was and/or is an officer, properties that are and/or were owned by the debtor, automobiles that were and/or are owned by the debtor.
Try and ascertain a place of employment
Ask the client about their knowledge of what assets the debtor may own that may satisfy the judgment, including, but not limited to household furnishings, automobiles, jewelry and/or other personal property of value
Ask the client if they have copies of any checks from the debtor or know where the debtor does bank to possibly attempt garnishment.
Ascertain if a Judgment Lien was recorded with the Division of Corporations. If not advise the Client of the effect of filing a Judgment Lien and discuss whether it would be prudent to file a Judgment Lien even if it is decided by the client they do not want to spend any more time or money pursuing collection of the Judgment.
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Once an analysis of the information is obtained from the non-inclusive list above, a discussion with the client should be undertaken explaining possible costs involved, strategies that can be put in place to attempt collection and a reasonable timeline provided as to how post judgment collection proceedings may play out depending on how a debtor may or may not respond to post judgment collection efforts.
Once it is decided that the client wishes to proceed with collection efforts below are several, non-inclusive steps, that an attorney may utilize to attempt collection
Writ of Execution
Writ of Garnishment
Pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.560 obtain Post Judgment Discovery in Aid of Execution, including, a Fact Information Sheet directed to the debtor ( Pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.977), and/or any other form of discovery including request for documents, interrogatories and/or depositions of the debtor or third parties.
Commence proceedings supplementary pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 56.29
Feel free to contact our Florida debt collection law firm. We will discuss how we differ from Florida collection agencies. A Florida collection agency can only provide limited debt collection services in Florida.
What to consider when deciding to use a Florida Collection Agency
A Florida debt collection agency may be ideal for creditors with multiple past due accounts with small balances that are past due. When collecting money a Florida debt collection agency may send demand letters and make phone calls in an attempt to collect your money. A Florida debt collection agency usually hires debt collectors to make numerous phone calls to persuade the debtor to pay.
A Florida debt collection agency cannot practice law. If the Florida debt collection agency is unable to collect your money with phone calls and debt collection letters the collection agency must then send the account to a Florida debt collection law firm.
Florida Debt Collection Agency
Our Florida debt collection law firm receives many accounts from a Florida debt collection agency that has been unable to collect the debt by phone calls and letters alone. We find often that a Florida debt collection agency will hold on to the account to long before forwarding the claim to our law firm for collection. The collection agency does not want to forward the account if it does not have to because their contingency fee will be reduced in that the case has now been sent to a collection lawyer.
Please keep in mind that our debt collection law firm uses collection lawyers and debt collection paralegals to attempt the collection of past due accounts. Just like a Florida debt collection agency our debt collection firm can send demand letters and make collection phone calls. The advantage to a client coming to our collection practice instead of using a Florida debt collection agency is that the contingency rate will be lower if the account has to go to litigation, collection demands are coming from a collection law firm and collection attorneys and paralegals are handling the account. Putting the power of a debt collection law firm may be right for you before your company considers a Florida debt collection agency. Please feel free to contact our debt recovery law firm to discuss your options.
USING A DEBT COLLECTION LAW FIRM TO ASSIST COLLECT PAST DUE RECEIVABLES
Our collection lawyers recognize, in this tough economy, many businesses are struggling with cash flow. Our collection law firm can assist a company in collecting their past due collection accounts. Our collection attorneys are sensitive to the tough economy and work with our collection clients to implement a debt collection strategy. Not every debt collection matter is the same. Each one of your customers is unique and our collection lawyers work with you to identify the specific issues presented. Our collection attorneys work with you to identify what may have put your customer in a situation where they are now behind in paying their past due invoices.
Our collection law firm will not only send a collection demand letter but, our collection attorneys will investigate the customers corporate status, attempt to speak with the owners of the company and then make a recommendation as to the best debt collection strategy for your company. Sometimes we may suggest that your company may better be suited using a debt collection agency. Our collection attorneys will ask you specific questions that will help you decide whether to use a collection agency or a collection law firm.
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If your company has many low balance past due accounts, a collection agency may be ideal. However, a collection agency cannot give legal advice and a debt collection agency cannot file a law suit if necessary. Not every debt recovery matter needs a collection lawsuit. That is why it is important to speak to our collection attorneys and decide together a debt recovery strategy. Sometimes it makes sense to place some of your past due accounts with our collection law firm and other accounts with a collection agency.
Call our collection law firm and ask to speak to one of our collection attorneys. Together, we will devise a debt collection strategy that is just right for your company’s past due accounts.
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 [email protected] to discuss your Florida debt collection needs.