A customer owes you money and can’t–or won’t–pay you. It’s the nightmare of every business owner. So, how do you get your money? Hire a debt collector? Hire a lawyer or law firm to collect your debts? Hiring a Debt Collection Attorney in Metro Atlanta isn’t necessarily a drastic thing to do and you’re more likely to get paid if you use a lawyer who is familiar with debt collection procedures.

Questions to Ask Any Lawyer Representing Your Company

Before you select a lawyer out of the phone book or off the Internet, you need to have a good idea who is representing you. Just as there are good companies and bad companies, there are good lawyers and bad lawyers when it comes to debt collection.Your questions should be the following:

1. Is the lawyer licensed for debt collection in the state you or your customer is in?

Some states require licensing for debt collection even though Georgia does not which is why you need to know if your state requires it and whether or not the lawyer you’re talking to can collect in that state.
2. Do you charge for an initial consultation?
Many lawyers do, so be sure to understand what the upfront costs are even before you hire the lawyer.
3. How long has your practice been in business?
It helps to have an established and reputable lawyer on your side.
4. How long has your practice handled debt collection?
It’s important because law firms which have a proven track record can often streamline the collection process and get you your money faster.
5. What is your success rate in collecting debts?
A low success rate or a lawyer unwilling to provide success rates may be a debt collection law firm you may wish to avoid.
6. What size debt are you willing to collect?
Not all lawyers will take small debts, so it’s important to ask.
7. What kinds of debt collection do you handle?
Not all debt collection is the same and may be regulated by certain laws.
8. What avenues are open to me to pursue this debt?
You have different avenues to pursue the debt in collections, so it’s important to understand what actions you may take.
9. How much will this cost me?
Whether they take a flat fee or a percentage helps determine how much you’re going to outlay.
10. What fees will I have to pay if you don’t win the case?
You may have to pay not only your attorneys’ fees but also court costs and additional expenses.Some lawyers will waive their own attorney’s fees if they do not win your case.
Contact us for more information and a free consultation at Howe & Associates,