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It gives me great pleasure to announce the start of the ALQ Forum, a LinkedIn Discussion Group, for attorneys, agents and professionals in the credit and collection field.

As you know, one of the greatest resources in improving every business and operation, is learning how others in the same field are dealing with the problems and challenges we all face. With this in mind, the goal of this new group is to exchange thoughts, ideas and opinions on current issues such as:

• Risk management
• Technology
• Best practices

• Sales and marketing techniques
• International endeavors
• Trends in the credit and collection field


I'm enthusiastically looking forward to having your participation and some great exchanges.

Thomas W. Hamilton




 Industry News


Severance payments may not be subject to FICA tax
The Legal Intelligencer
As corporate downsizing becomes more commonplace in today's challenging business environment, severance payments to departing workers are under more scrutiny.
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Getting more money from lost receivables
by Steven Gan
Steven Gan writes, "A couple of weeks ago I was out at a client's office for an engagement talking to the CFO about their June 30, end-of-year financial statements. My client is a lighting equipment and parts manufacturer, and has been in business for many years. As we were reviewing the numbers, the conversation turned to the very low amount of bad debt expense."
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At what point can you seek to disqualify an arbitrator?
The Legal Intelligencer
Bob's client sold a portion of its business to Rabbit Corp. At Bob's urging, the client agreed to arbitrate any claims arising out of the sales agreement. A claim arose shortly after the sale.
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How banks can help with succession planning
Corporate Counsel
Business owners and corporate executives often—pardon the pun—are scared to death to tackle the subject of succession planning. Banks can help navigate this touchy topic.
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GE to spin off retail financial division through IPO
The Associated Press
General Electric Co. plans to spin off its North American consumer lending unit through an initial public offering as part of a planned exit from the business.
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The art of downsizing - Part I - Product and services
by Neil Kohrn
Downsizing is not an easy practice. Not only will it affect the individuals and their families, if the wrong line item, individual or department is the target it could be detrimental to the future of a company.
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Those rocked by recession most likely to hit the bottle
HealthDay News
Some Americans hardest-hit by the recent recession may have turned to alcohol to deal with their problems, a new study suggests. The study, of almost 5,400 U.S. adults, found that those who lost a job or a home during the 2008-2009 recession had higher rates of problem drinking, such as getting drunk or getting into accidents.
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My law firms have been listed with ALQ for about 30 years now. Actually, now that I think about it, it is exactly 31 years as of November of 2013. Throughout that time, it has been my pleasure to have worked with the great people at ALQ. They have always demonstrated the utmost in professionalism with me and my staff. I have also found them to be efficient and pragmatic in resolving any issues that arose over the years. As a result, I look forward to working with Tom and Nancy and the folks at ALQ for many years to come.

— Randy T. Slovin, Slovin & Associates Co. LPA, Cincinnati, Ohio

I've been forwarding claims for more than twenty years exclusively using the American Lawyers Quarterly. I have used ALQ as collection manager for a law firm, as a collection agency owner, as a debt buyer, and now as a collection and risk manager for Sterling Funding and Sterling Payment Technologies. Tom Hamilton and his staff have always provided me with great service. In the unlikely event that I have a problem with a listee, ALQ has always been able to resolve whatever issue I'm experiencing quickly and effectively. I have total confidence in the folks at ALQ.

— Barry Kotzen, manager collection and risk, Sterling Funding, Tampa, Fla.


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