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Anatomy Of The Collections Process:  An Overview With Efficiency Tips From A Seasoned Collections Lawyer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.Introduction.1

II.Fee Agreement.1

A.Fee Agreement.1

B.Client Communications.1

III.The Client’s File.1

IV.Consumer or Commercial?2

A.Federal and State Statutes.2

B.Demands.2

C.Venue.2

V.Debtor Location.2

A.Address Correction.3

B.Driver’s License Checks.3

C.Licenses.3

D.Credit Reports.3

E.Property Records.3

F.Corporate Information.3

G.Internet Search Services.3

H.Old Fashioned Tools.3

VI.Debtor Identity and Multiplying your Defendants.3

A.Individuals.3

B.Sole Proprietorships.3

C.General Partnerships.3

D.Corporations.4

E.Limited Partnerships.4

F.Other Entities.4

G.Personal Liability when Charter Forfeited.4

H.Trust Fund Theory.4

I.Transfers in Fraud.4

VII.Avoiding the Usury Trap.4

VIII.Demand Letters.5

IX.Payment Agreements.5

A.Pre-suit.5

B.Secured by Agreed Judgment.5

C.Post-judgment.6

X.Suits on Accounts.6

XI.Where to File Suit.6

A.Amount in Controversy.6

1.Justice and Small Claims Courts.6

2.County Courts.6

3.Statutory County Courts.6

4.District Courts.6

B.Venue.6

1.Small Claims Courts.7

2.Justice Courts.7

3.County Courts, County Courts-at-law and District Courts.7

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