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Significance of erste and zweite Mahnungen for German clients?
Thread poster: Joanne Parker

Joanne Parker  Identity Verified
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Nov 9, 2002


I have a large customer in Germany who owes me a lot of money. My invoice was issued in July, we\'re now in November and still no money.

A couple of months ago, I sent my client a Mahnung, which seemed to get them going (previously I had no replies to my various mails, voice messages etc.) and they promised me that payment would be imminent.

Can someone please explain to me what is the significance of a Mahnung in Germany? Does a second Mahnung carry more weight?

Any information gratefully received.



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Henning Bochert  Identity Verified
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Supplier Nov 11, 2002

Dear Joanne,

I am currently asking my lawyer for the exact regulations of the German law here. It is the consequent legal step following the overdue invoice and before the court\'s title for payment to the debtor, meaning legal pressure up to jail.

The customer you mentioned - would that by any chance be Kuester Uebersetzungen? I know they owe a lot of money to the community, and I am currently chasing them down for my share (which is very small, though). Let me know if you have become the victim of their schemes as well (


Hierzu kann ich Ihnen mitteilen, dass grundsätzlich vor Erlass eines Mahnbescheids auch keine Mahnung mehr zu erfolgen hat, denn ein Schuldner einer Geldforderung kommt spätestens nach 30 Tagen nach Fälligkeit und Zugang einer Rechnung in Verzug, so dass nach dieser Zeit grds. schon ein Mahnbescheid möglich ist. Allerdings ist es in der Praxis üblich, nochmals eine Mahnung zu schicken, um unnötige Kosten zu sparen.

Durch eine Mahnung mit Setzung einer neuen Zahlungsfrist können sie den Schuldner selbst in Verzug setzen. Aber sobald der Schuldner in Verzug ist, können Sie unabhängig von irgendwelchen Fristen einen Mahnbescheid beantragen. Es git keine gesetzlichen Fristen zwischen Mahnung und Mahnbescheid, außer die von Ihnen in der Mahnung gesetze Frist bzw. ohne Mahnung die 30 Tage nach Rechnungszugang.

Hope this helps.

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