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How to deal with delinquent German companies
Thread poster: Swaiyam

Swaiyam  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 19:53
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Dec 11, 2002

I translated some stuff (GE-EN)for a company in Germany way back in July. Despite repeated reminders they still haven\'t paid me. When I called the boss beginning Nov. he said he`d already sent my bill to the accounting department, and a week later according to his secretary the bill was still sitting on his desk \"oh- hasn´t he called you as yet?\". I fortunately am in touch with my original client in that firm, so there is a ray of hope...

My question:

What can one do (in Germany) about this sort of hassling. It is SO irritating... I wish I could wring their scrawny necks...



p.s. I would have looked up the blue board for my company- but I`m still not a paying member of PROZ. As SOON AS THEY PAY ME I\'ll become a Premium (is it still an option?)member.


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Egmont
Spain
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Afrikaans to Spanish
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payment in advance Dec 11, 2002

is safer...
[addsig]


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Egmont
Spain
Local time: 19:53
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payment in advance Dec 11, 2002

is safer...and a good test.
[addsig]


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Egmont
Spain
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payment in advance Dec 11, 2002

is safer...and a good test.
[addsig]


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Alison Schwitzgebel
France
Local time: 19:53
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Your first step is to send them a written reminder.... Dec 11, 2002

As you understand German, do check out http://www.frankfurt-main.ihk.de/recht/themen/verfahrensrecht/mahnung/ - they have an excellent section on payment reminders, including sample text.



The basic idea is:



1st reminder (friendly tone)

2nd reminder (getting tougher, set date for payment)

3rd reminder (getting nasty, set final date for payment)

4th step: \"Mahnbescheid\"



Some people would advise you only to issue two reminders in total. This can be advisable but is really up to you.



HTH



Alison


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Swaiyam  Identity Verified
Germany
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Thanks! Dec 11, 2002

Thanks both of you for the advice, and Alison for the link

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Swaiyam  Identity Verified
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a good test...? Dec 11, 2002

al- what did you mean by \"a good test..\" test of what?

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Aliseo Japan  Identity Verified
Japan
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Question to Albertov: Dec 12, 2002

Hi,

have you ever succeeded in getting anticipated payments? If yes, this would be a tremendously good news. Would you please teach me a good way to convince customers/agencies to pay me in advance?



Thank you



Mario Cerutti


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George Nathaniel
Local time: 23:23
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Thanks Alison for the useful link, Dec 12, 2002

I too needed these tips very badly, having burnt my fingers with a similar situation recently. Herzlichen Dank!

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
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Use BrowniZ to check Dec 12, 2002

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p.s. I would have looked up the blue board for my company- but I`m still not a paying member of PROZ. As SOON AS THEY PAY ME I\'ll become a Premium (is it still an option?)member.



Check out FAQ #10:

Quote:


Non Platinum members can view the Details for an agency for 50 BrowniZ per agency. Platinum members have unlimited access to the Details for all agencies.



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Harry Bornemann  Identity Verified
Mexico
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5th, 6th and 7th step Dec 12, 2002

Alisons agenda is not complete without the next steps:

5th: Vollstreckungsbescheid

(if he did not object to the Mahnbescheid)

6th: Pfändung

(if he did not object to the Vollstreckungsbescheid)

7th: repeat Pfändung some years later..etc..

But you must be aware, that each step implies additional costs, which you have to advance until you succeed with a Pfändung.


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