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Disappearing debtors: Improving Your Chances of Successful Debt Collection

Sometimes a debtor will change address without notifying creditors, leaving those creditors feeling pretty helpless as far as debt collection goes. 

As a creditor it might seem like they have gone for good, but remember: nobody really disappears off the face of the earth.

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Your 12 Point Guide To Writing A Debt Recovery Letter Before Action

Starting legal proceedings should always be the last resort when it comes to debt recovery. That’s because reminding a debtor of his or her responsibilities, along with the potential consequences of not paying, is often enough to secure compliance. In the final stage of correspondence this is done through a document known as a letter before action, or LBA.

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6 Things to Consider Before "Going Legal"

There are various points you should consider before "going legal". Some of these should be considered before you give instructions to a solicitor to warn the customer by letter that court proceedings will be started unless they pay the debt within a specific deadline, i.e. 7 days.Going Legal
 
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Low Cost Letter Before Action Collects Debt In 84% Of Cases

 

"Cut to the chase" urges Lovetts, in response to latest initiative to stamp out late payment

For roughly the cost of a coffee or daily newspaper, firms struggling with late payment can instruct a solicitor to issue a Letter Before Action and have an 84% chance of being paid according to new data from Lovetts, the commercial debt recovery law firm.
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€474,768.06 Paid To Steel Company Upon Receipt Of Lovetts Letter Before Action!

The Challenge

Lovetts' client, a steel company based in Cheshire instructed Lovetts on 8th August to send a Letter before Action to a debtor who owed €474,768.06. The letter gave the debtor 7 days to make payment directly to our client and warned if payment was not received,legal proceedings may be taken.
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2 out of 3 Businesses Are Failing To Take Advantage Of Free Debt Recovery

Yet almost 1 in 4 is experiencing more late payment problems, reveals Lovetts

August 2014 - A survey of over 100 businesses by Lovetts Plc, the commercial debt recovery law firm has found that while late payment issues have worsened in the past year, few firms are fully exploitingtheir legal and regulatory rights

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Businesses Are Busy, But Battling Bad Debts

The Number Of Debts Referred For Legal Collection Jumps By 27%

Reports that business confidence is now at its highest level in 20 years have been borne out by the latest late payment analysis from Lovetts Plc, the commercial debt recovery law firm.

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94 Days Is The Limit For Late Payers

4 Months Is Typical Waiting Time For Payment From Invoice Point

From gentle reminders to pointed demands, businesses are waiting 94 days on average before admitting defeat and using the threat of legal action through a Letter Before Action (LBA) issued by their solicitor to prompt payment on overdue invoices.

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Businesses Act Faster On Debts

In a further sign of increased business confidence, during Quarter 4 2013, businesses clamped down on the time they allowed customers to delay payment before threatening legal action.

The time from invoice to instructing a Letter Before Action (LBA) to be issued decreased by 12 days between Q3 2013 and Q4 2013, according to the latest debt recovery statistics from commercial debt recovery law firm, Lovetts Plc. Furthermore, the average debt being chased rose by 31% on the previous quarter.

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How To Best Manage Your Legal Claims

Sending a letter before action (LBA) is only as effective as the creditor’s willingness to enforce it. The risk is that once debtors know you have no intention to carry out your threat of action, your front line weapon rapidly becomes increasingly ineffective.

You may be reluctant to make a claim due to worries about offending your larger clients because you are fearful of not getting further orders.  You shouldn’t be.

If you have tried every other avenue of approach with no success, it is worth remembering that a customer who is no longer paying your invoices is no longer a customer? They are a debtor.

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