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First came the printed law list. Law lists eventually found their way onto the Web. However, a few law list websites kept on growing and transforming, becoming "sticky" destinations that now offer much to attract and hold the attention of both listees and forwarders.

Law firms can still advertise their services. And forwarders can still find qualified attorneys in a particular locale to handle their collection matters. But today's power sites also provide such valuable tools as electronic forwarding of collections cases, immediate bonding, blogs on timely issues like Internet scams, industry resources offering products and services, and a virtual encyclopedia of essential information. That includes reference info to assist both parties in the legal collections process, articles, links to agency and trade associations, glossaries, event calendars, local and international statutes of limitations and so much more.

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 Industry News

Temporary suspension extends time to collect aged bad debt in New York
Jocelyn R. Nager, Esq., President, Frank, Frank, Goldstein & Nager, P.C., New York
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When a debt is owed, there is a fixed time limit, a statute of limitations, to file a lawsuit or an appeal. The length of time to bring the suit varies and is dependent on the type of case. For example, in New York State, most breach of contract cases must be brought within six years from the breach. More

High court hears oral arguments in debt collection case over costs awards
LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Nov. 7 over whether a prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act lawsuit may be awarded costs even though the lawsuit was not brought in bad faith or with an intent to harass (Olivea Marx v. General Revenue Corporation and Kevin Cobb, No. 11-1175, U.S. Sup.). More

Does an IRS lien trump your interest in a debtor's property?
Amanda R. Yurechko, Attorney, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
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Often times a debtor will try to minimize their apparent collectability by telling a creditor that, " ... the IRS has a lien on everything." While, if true, this gives you an indication that there may be larger issues in the debtor's financial life than just the debt owed to you, what does this really mean for the collectability of your debt? Are you still going to be able to get to the debtor's real and personal property to satisfy your claim, or does the federal government trump everyone else? More

Collection agents will come under closer federal scrutiny
The Associated Press via News-Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Expanding its reach, the government's consumer-finance watchdog agency will monitor the day-to-day operations of big debt-collection companies, the agency said recently. It is the first time that debt collectors have been subject to federal scrutiny of their routine business practices. More

How to win an argument and soothe a debtor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arguments occur all too often, whether with a debtor who is disputing a debt, or a co-worker, manager, employee or spouse. Anyone who is in an argument really wants to win. Frequently in an argument the parties get very emotional and winning is more important than the issue itself. More

Identify yourself please — special considerations for international claims
Steven Frieze, Consultant, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery, Ward Hadaway Law Firm
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When dealing with collection cases, you might have thought that the most important thing was to identify correctly and officially the debtor, whether a company or an individual. Well this is of course vitally important, but when instructing lawyers in other countries to handle collection work on behalf of a creditor or an agent on its behalf (collection agency or lawyer), the creditor and its agent will have to prove their identity before the lawyer can start work. More

Commercial Collection Agency Association reports placement volumes for third quarter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Commercial Collection Agency Association of the Commercial Law League of America said recently that total accounts placed with its members for collection increased in the third quarter of 2012. But a large decrease in average size of the accounts drove down the dollar amount placed for collection. More

NARCA announces resignation of executive vice president    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys recently announced the resignation of Executive Vice President Diane Darrow. Ms. Darrow devoted considerable time and effort, over two separate terms, to build the infrastructure of NARCA into a highly efficient model. More

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