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Collecting Money? Avoid Going It Alone!

By Ellen Ferris, a Solicitor in Matthews Folbigg’s Insolvency, Restructuring and Debt Recovery Group.

Collecting money, especially from people you know, is always a delicate business.

Collecting money requires you to be persistent, and all too often becomes something that we let slip to the back of our mind to avoid the hassle, inconvenience, and sometimes even embarrassment of chasing valued customers for unpaid debts. Certain debts, even large ones, can be placed in the “too hard basket”, and never followed up on. Certain timelines for recovering debts can then expire, or more simply, debts can be forgotten or ignored.

Matthews Folbigg Lawyers understand these issues. When it comes to collecting money we are very experienced, and know that handing over the problem of collecting money to lawyers is normally only considered after the last resort has failed. However, at Matthews Folbigg Lawyers we can go about collecting money in a way that suits your special relationship with your customers. Whether you would like a gentle reminder or a final warning, if you are not getting anywhere with your own attempts at collecting money, we would be happy to assist.
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Claims by a liquidator for monies to be repaid to a company now in liquidation are unfortunately for most businesses a common event.  The good deeds done in collecting money can come undone and hurt your bottom line.

As a successful credit management team, you will have recovered monies that may have been received shortly before the debtor company was placed into liquidation, or the individual declared bankrupt.  This can then bring a new raft of issues should the liquidator or trustee be savvy enough to want the money back.

The reasoning behind the recovery of monies by a liquidator is to ensure that in the final days and months of a company prior to liquidation, monies paid by the company are paid equally to all of its creditors and that none are preferred over others.  Similar provisions apply in a bankruptcy matter.

Whilst this seems fair on its face, it does not assist those businesses that are diligent and actively take steps to ensure that their customers comply with the terms upon which they agree to abide by in receiving the goods and services provided.
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Collecting Money: Which Court?

By Bonnie McMahon Solicitor of Matthews Folbigg, in our Insolvency, Restructuring and Debt Recovery Group.

When commencing debt recovery proceedings against a debtor, it is important to ensure that you are commencing proceedings in the right court. –

Collecting money under $10,000 – Debt collection proceedings to recover a debt under $10,000 should be commenced in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court of NSW.

Collecting money under $100,000 – Debt collection proceedings to recover a debt under $100,000 should be commenced in the General Division of the Local Court of NSW. However, there are circumstances where a debt up to $120,000 can be heard by the Local Court, although you will normally need the consent of the debtor.

Collecting money over $100,000 but under $750,000 – Debt collection proceeding to recover a debt over $100,000 but under $750,000 should be commenced in the District Court of NSW. However, like the Local Court, the District Court can hear matters up to $1,125,000, provided no party objects to the matter being heard in the District Court.
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