At some point, it becomes apparent that the debtor’s attempts at resolution are nothing more than delay tactics.
Such is the case currently where a client placed a claim with us for collection.
Our client is an independent contractor. He and the debtor company had been working together for well over a year. Suddenly, the company became delinquent on the weekly compensation. As a remedy, the debtor company’s principal issued a series of postdated checks to our client dated six months out. The parties continued their working arrangement. Six months later, our client began depositing the post-dated checks. One by one the checks returned. Each check was unpaid due to insufficient funds and that added to the debt. Continue reading “When Attempting to Renegotiate the Deal AGAIN Is Just Another Delay Tactic”
As you look at your receivables, you ask yourself, how collectible is this debt? Every business owner understands cash and cash flow, so collecting a debt or dealing with slow payers becomes a part of doing business. Since the dawn … Continue reading
New York Supreme Court has a pilot program for the automatic referral of many debt collection cases to mandatory mediation. The program requires that all cases designated a contract matter (debt collection case) will go to mediation. This mandate is for … Continue reading
Include joint and several liability clauses in your contracts to maximize your ability to collect monies owed. So, stack the decks in your favor by going after the customer with deep pockets. Rather than chasing customers with little or no cash flow, or several customers, you will want to include a joint and several liability clause in your contract. By doing so you will strengthen your ability to pursue the customer with deeper pockets. And they would offer the greater capability to pay you monies owed.
What is joint and several liability?
Joint and several liability exists when two or more people or entities are liable with respect to the same liability.
Hence, you – the creditor – have the right to claim the execution of the obligation from any co-debtor. This relieves you from pursuing all the co-debtors. Among themselves, co-debtors are severally bound, held separately. Especially relevant is that under joint and several liability, you may pursue an obligation against any one party as if they were jointly liable. It then becomes the responsibility of the defendants to sort out their respective proportions of liability and payment. This means that if the claimant pursues one defendant and receives payment, it is the defendant’s responsibility to pursue the other debtors for a contribution to their share of the liability.
Joint and several liability allows you to purse one or more parties for the entire amount due you.
What are the benefits of including a joint and several liability clause in your contract?
There are several benefits that as a creditor you will enjoy when you include a joint and several liability clause in your contract. To name a few are: Continue reading “Joint and Several Liability Clauses Improve Debt Collection Outcomes”