Using debt collectors
Thread poster: Jenny Forbes
| | xxxPRen
Local time: 08:57
French to English
| How about using a lawyer? || Jan 25, 2007 |
Hi Jenny, as you say, it was a large amount. Rather than giving a collection agency (with what sounds like dubious practices) 15% of a fairly large chunk of money, it would probably be less expensive to have a lawyer send a demand letter to the client stating that unless payment is received by X date, legal action will commence. I'm pretty sure a letter from a lawyer threatening to take them to court would serve as a greater impetus to pay, and prove that you're very serious about getting your money.
| | nordiste
Local time: 14:57
English to French
| Maybe it's better to use a debt collector in the country of the bad payer || Jan 25, 2007 |
I've never had to use one, but I think that I would choose a debt collector operating in the same country as the non payer. This way you ensure that there will be no misunderstanding or language problem on their side.
| Thank you both || Jan 26, 2007 |
Thank you, Paula and Nordiste, for your answers.
You're right. With hindsight, I can see that using that debt collector was not such a good idea, but I was getting a bit desperate and had been advised that using a lawyer in the UK for a debt in another country would be prohibitively expensive. If the debt had been in the UK I'd have gone to the Small Claims Court.
I was hoping to hear from members about actual experience of using a debt collector. However, as I've received only two replies, I guess no-one has used such a firm recently.
I hope never to be in that situation again - indeed, one of my main reasons for joining ProZ was to avoid dodgy agencies in future. But it's turned out to have many other enjoyable and useful features too.
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