Understanding possible excuses and defenses to delay or avoid payment will work to your advantage. Anticipate and keep the possible “reasons” a client could use not to pay in the forefront of your mind while performing services, recording time, billing, or responding to client’s inquires or concerns about fees. By doing so, you will become more proactive about billing and collection. Increase your in house collections by playing offense to common billing disputes/defenses.
Although written for the accounting industry by the firm’s managing partner, How to Get Paid in a Fee Dispute:Playing Offense in a World of Defenses, published in the December issue of the CPA Journal, applies to all businesses.
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Jocelyn Nager is the managing partner of Frank, Frank, Goldstein & Nager, a law firm devoted to the prevention and collection of bad debt. She represents many practitioners, large and small, and blogs weekly about credit and New York debt collections. Jocelyn is a frequent speaker at New York area associations, accounting firms, New York State Society of CPAs and private industry.