In this economy, everyone is looking to find new revenue, and this invariably leads them to that stack of old invoices and accounts receivable they never touched when they were so busy dealing with good, paying customers.
Collections attorneys are seeing more “first time” collections clients and, with those clients, are seeing the same two issues.
First, a creditor who has never sued over unpaid invoices has also probably never had its invoices scrutinized in Court. There, every aspect of the unpaid bill, down to the date, the address, and the amount owed, is nit-picked and magnified. Are your invoices and credit applications “collections ready”?
Second, customers don’t like being collected against, and successful collections can be as much “public relations” as it is legal strategy. Is the collections approach you take appropriate and representative of the way you treat customers, good or non-paying?
These are simply issues to consider and, with the right planning, you may be able to avoid expense and hassle in the process. Plus, maybe, you can turn that stack of invoices into money.