While you might hesitate to use the services of our collection attorney in New Jersey, sometimes you have no other options when a client refuses to pay you. However, you can turn this difficult issue around through clear communication with clients and a willingness to work with them by setting up a payment plan.
Reasons for Late Payments
Usually, these clients fall into three groups:
- Those who honestly want to pay but are struggling financially,
- Those who will pay later but who are intentionally delaying payments, and
- Those who are avoiding payments.
You should be able to work with the first two groups of people. Even if they cannot make a full payment, you might be able to schedule partial payments that will allow you to collect the debt. However, the last group might be so resistant to paying that they will need to be turned over to a collection attorney or a collections agency.
By following several tips for effective collection, you might increase your chances of collecting the debt sooner than later. Don’t delay when it comes to collections. Send a bill immediately and then send another bill each month. If payment is late, send another bill immediately. However, don’t harass people, threaten them, or leave them more than one message per day. Maintain a professional attitude so that your client does not take the matter personally but is motivated to pay. Remain calm but communicate the urgency of paying. Offer the client the option of payment arrangements. If they fail to comply, mail a demand letter and continue to send correspondence that increases in seriousness. Make a copy of each letter to keep on file and take notes during telephone conversations so that you have documentation if the matter goes to court.
Contact Our Collection Attorney in New Jersey
Snellings Law LLC might be able to help if you are having trouble resolving a collection matter with a client. For more information, call our collection attorney in New Jersey at (973) 265-6100.