We are all familiar with
collection agencies. They come in all shapes and
sizes, but their underlying motive is the same: hold
on to the claim for as long as possible in the hope
that money will come in before they give up. We
acknowledge that some collection agencies do a good
job. However, the fundamental defect with collection
agencies is their form: they are only collection
Why send it to a
collection agency who will beg for the money?
Lawyers is a California collection law firm. As a law firm, we
are not constrained by collection agencies' inherent
limitation: they are not lawyers.
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agency cannot sue a debtor. All they can do is
threaten to turn the unpaid account receivable over
to collection attorneys. The collection agency does
not want to have to share their contingent fee. So,
they hold on to the claim, delaying suit, sometimes
for many months.
You don't have to
do it the old-fashioned way.
Lawyers quickly determines where your debtor is
located. As experienced collection counsel, we know
that most debtors will ignore letters and telephone
calls from far away collection agencies. Therefore,
we move quickly to get your claims in the hands of
The results are
tangible. The Sheriff or licensed process server is
handing your debtor a lawsuit literally months
faster. Time isn't wasted going through the call
In today's business, you expect
everyone to be computerized. We have been using
computer case management software (with numerous
updates) for over 20 years. Do you want an instant
status on 200 cases? We can
immediately e-mail or fax it to you. Don't be fooled
by collection agency claims that they have
computers, and instant access. No matter how much
technology is used by a collection agency, they are
still not lawyers.
suitable for all collection cases?
Of course not.
We can help you
pick and choose which unpaid debts need to be sued
right away. Every day that you delay (or a debt
collection agency delays) is time that you don't
have your money. Give the little ones to the
We generally do not handle
cases under $5,000.00. We have the experience, the
knowledge, and the license to sue your
What will it
cheap. (Neither are we.) You can always find a
cheaper law firm or collection agency to take your
case. Just keep in mind the old saying: You
get what you pay for.
important, no matter who you use to collect. Most
collection agencies are not stupid (just
inefficient). If you negotiate a very low
percentage, do you think they will put their best
collector on the files, or do you think they'll use
him (or her) on more profitable cases? If it's a law
firm, will they give the case the attention it
deserves? It's a matter of economics. You can end up
with higher recovery totals by paying a fair
percentage, and collect more money. After all, a
smaller percent of nothing is still nothing.
are in charge. You have the choice where to send
your collection cases.
claim that they can do collection.
However, ask them:
percentage of their cases are actually collection litigation cases (and
not divorce, personal injury, criminal, immigration, etc., etc.)
- What is their experience in handling collection litigation
matters? (Do they have over 25 years experience like Collection Lawyers?)
Do they offer a guarantee of collection? If so, run! Nothing
is guaranteed, even (or especially) collection litigation.
their track record in collection? Do they do
collection law day in and day out? How effective are
In addition, you
as the creditor initially know the debtor better
than anyone else. Are they completely out of
business, with the FBI chasing them? Usually not a
good prospect for recovery. Don't waste your money.
Are they having cash flow problems, and paying other creditors (and not you)? Are they claiming some
imaginary problem to avoid paying you? Sue them
Our fees and costs are
competitive, and in many instances can be the same
or less than what you would pay an ordinary
collection agency. Please call our Client
Services Department toll free at 800 653-5720 for more
Does it make
We won't take a
case unless it makes economic sense.
collection case needs to be large enough for us to
be able to handle it properly. Is it under $5,000?
Take it to your local Small Claims Court (the
jurisdictional ceiling varies from state to state),
or give it to a collection agency for collection.
You also have a much higher chance of collecting the
small ones yourself.
evaluate each of the cases, and decide how to
proceed. We don't "sugar coat" bad news on a file.
We figure that you are entitled to straight answers
and our best recommendations.
We have been
collection attorneys for over 25 years. Our lawyers
know not to waste time. We are always aware that the
clock is ticking, and you want to be paid. They know
we (and our clients) don't demand excellence; we
expect it (and get it).
Already have a judgment?
Why hasn't it
been paid? Many creditors realize that most
attorneys can obtain a judgment. However, it takes
collection attorneys to really know what to
do to collect a judgment. Creditors frequently
assume that since they have a judgment that the
debtor will wake up the very next morning and cut
them a check. Unfortunately, it usually doesn't
happen that way. The same debtor who wouldn't pay
you without suing them generally isn't going to
suddenly turn around the day you get judgment and
We have substantial experience finding assets and income to
satisfy difficult to collect judgments. Are all judgments collectible? Of course
not. However, you want some one who knows exactly what they're doing to
maximize the probability of collection of your judgments.
We know how to
collect judgments. After all, we are Collection
We encourage you
to learn about Collection Lawyers and the ways we
can assist you.
We know that you
have many other options to collect your money. We
recommend that you look at collection agencies and law firms.
See what they don't tell you. Most collection
agencies require advanced fees and costs for suit.
However, they rarely tell you how much at the
beginning. Are they promising fast recovery within a
certain time period? A guarantee of recovery? Run! What other promises will
they make that they can't keep?
We are lawyers,
not cheerleaders. We are not going to tell you
wonderful stories that you can have your money next
week, that your debtor will be in debtor's prison by
Friday, or any other similar tall tales. You might
get your money quickly. It does happen. Some debtors
get a letter from a collection attorney, and return
it with their check. But it doesn't happen often
(and probably more often in response to a letter
from an attorney rather than some distant collection
agency). Which phone call do you think has more
impact: one from some collection agency or a
Talk with other
law firms. Ask about experience. Have they been
doing it for many years, or is collection merely a
sideline to their primary practice? Collection,
litigation and creditor bankruptcy is what we do. We
don't do divorces, criminal cases, personal injury, etc., etc. We do
Our clients don't
demand excellence; they simply expect it (and
receive it.) Make an informed decision. After all,
it's your money.
See what our clients say about us.
Learn why our
business, corporate, and financial clients return
again and again.
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