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Thread poster: Francesca Baroni

Francesca Baroni  Identity Verified
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Sep 18, 2018

A new customer of mine from Germany has a delay in paying an invoice. Since I don't know him, I'm very worried.
In Switzerland there's "Betreibungsamt" for debitors who don't want to pay.
Is there something similar in Germany? (Free State of Bavaria)

Please help me!
Thank you
Francesca


 

Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Mahnantrag Sep 18, 2018

https://www.proz.com/forum/italian/304373-mancato_pagamento.html#2571596
https://www.proz.com/forum/money_matters/295600-"for_legal_reasons_we_will_pay_this_invoice_in_half_a_year"-page2
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https://www.proz.com/forum/italian/304373-mancato_pagamento.html#2571596
https://www.proz.com/forum/money_matters/295600-"for_legal_reasons_we_will_pay_this_invoice_in_half_a_year"-page2.html

HTH
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Katrin Braams  Identity Verified
Germany
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Mahnverfahren Sep 18, 2018

Since you do not live in Germany the court in Berlin Wedding will deal with your court order (Mahnantrag). Also, you cannot do it online, but will have to print out the form and mail it in.

https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/326441/

I am not sure whether this also applies to Switzerland, but there is a European court order for cross-border court orders:
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Since you do not live in Germany the court in Berlin Wedding will deal with your court order (Mahnantrag). Also, you cannot do it online, but will have to print out the form and mail it in.

https://service.berlin.de/dienstleistung/326441/

I am not sure whether this also applies to Switzerland, but there is a European court order for cross-border court orders:

https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_order_for_payment_procedures-41-de.do

Before you go ahead and apply for a court order you should send the debtor two reminders with reasonable deadlines. In the second reminder you should state that this is the final reminder and that you will take legal action if they fail to pay within the deadline.
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Mair A-W (PhD)
Germany
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not-a-lawyer-but Sep 19, 2018

Francesca Baroni wrote:

A new customer of mine from Germany has a delay in paying an invoice. Since I don't know him, I'm very worried.
In Switzerland there's "Betreibungsamt" for debitors who don't want to pay.
Is there something similar in Germany? (Free State of Bavaria)

Please help me!
Thank you
Francesca


I send my clients a "good faith" reminder: "Hi, when will this overdue invoice be paid"; if I've been communicating with them in English I switch to German, that sometimes helps... and then I embark on this procedure:
https://www.reddit.com/r/germany/comments/2nxlvc/dealing_with_an_unpaid_invoice_in_germany/

So far, I've never got past Zahlungserinnerung...


 

Francesca Baroni  Identity Verified
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thank you to everyone! Sep 19, 2018

I was very worried because the customer was a "private person", who I didn't know. I always work only for the same companies or agencies, a colleague of mine sent him to me last July, and I didn't dare to say no (my mistake!). In the last 2 weeks I sent him several reminders, I tried to contact him per telephone (but he didn't answered as he saw it was my number)…

Yesterday I sent him an angry message and today the payment arrived…...
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I was very worried because the customer was a "private person", who I didn't know. I always work only for the same companies or agencies, a colleague of mine sent him to me last July, and I didn't dare to say no (my mistake!). In the last 2 weeks I sent him several reminders, I tried to contact him per telephone (but he didn't answered as he saw it was my number)…

Yesterday I sent him an angry message and today the payment arrived…
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