Testifying at a Debt Collection Trial During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Illustration of a video call to representing testifying debt collection.The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways clients can testify at trial in New York courts. If you are planning on testifying at a debt collection trial, here’s what to expect.

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If you are worried about the hassle of traveling to and from court, don’t be. All debt collection trials are now conducted remotely. For now, you don’t have to worry about appearing in person. If however, you requested a jury trial, your case will not go forward at this time. All jury trials have been postponed until further notice.

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How to Prepare for an Inquest

Facing an inquest as part of your debt collection case? Knowing how to prepare for an inquest is crucial if you want to recover the most money in your debt collection case.

There are two main components you’ll need to prove in your debt collection case: liability and damages. You must prove both of these in order for the court to award a judgment in your favor.

First, you will need to prove that your non-paying customer is legally obligated to you. This is done by proving the parties had a binding agreement. Agreements are not always a written contract, however, you would have to prove there was an agreement for the goods and services to be sold, loan to be made, and that the party failed to pay.

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Collecting a Debt When Your Client Offers to Settle But Does Not Pay

Photo of a stack of money to represent when a client offers to settle but does not payYou completed your end of the deal but when it came time to pay your customer did not. After repeated invoicing, the customer finally offers to settle the balance due in writing but does not pay. Now that you are enforcing your right to collect and pursuing “legal” options, the debtor has changed their tune. Your non-paying client is now defending the debt collection case you brought against them. The debtor has also included sham counterclaims claiming the services or goods were defective.

How is this possible given their previous offer to settle? Isn’t the mere fact that they offered to pay proof they owe the money? It depends.

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Could You Be Required to Post a Bond to Maintain Your Debt Collection Case?

Briefcase full of money to represent posting a bond in New York debt collection.Sometimes New York courts require creditors to post a bond to maintain their debt collection case in the state’s courts. Could you be required to post a bond to maintain your New York debt collection case?

Companies incorporated in New York, as well as ones incorporated in another state but authorized in New York, generally will not be required to post a bond.

But companies “doing business” in New York that are not yet registered in the state may be required to post a bond to maintain their debt collection case.

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