For those of you who have pursued collection in the US
Thread poster: Caroline Moreno
Caroline Moreno  Identity Verified
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Sep 24, 2007

...were you able to add fees to the total for the time you spent on the collection efforts and any other costs associated with them (postage, faxes, long distance calls, etc.)? I'm just wondering if I could legally add these costs to the total amount of the invoice. Thanks in advance!

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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I doubt it Sep 25, 2007

If you have a contract detailing such costs in case of default and take them to court and get a judgment it is possible to be awarded costs of collection, attorneys' fees and the like, but in a simple collection effort without such a contract I sincerely doubt it.

I'm no lawyer, but I understand all those items should be spelled out in a contract from the beginning (including late interest, etc.). Otherwise you are lucky if you get paid anything at all, even of what you were owed in the first place.

Plus if you get a judgment in court, that does not mean they will pay it. Getting execution is a further proceeding, that is if the debtor has not absconded and has any attachable assets (good luck there).

Moral: On doubtful clients, get payment up front.


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Caroline Moreno  Identity Verified
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Thanks Sep 25, 2007

...again Henry for the helpful information and advice!

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