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Below is a summary of what our attorneys can do to help you recover outstanding debt from a client or other debtor unwilling to pay:

  • Verifications on the solvency of the debtor

We will carry certain verifications to ensure that your debtor is not undergoing insolvency. If the debtor is undergoing a procedure of insolvency, then you will have to promptly declare your receivable to the judicial curator appointed by the court to represent the debtor in such procedure.

  • Formal notification to pay sent to the debtor

If the debtor is solvent, a formal notification requiring payment from the debtor without further delay must be sent. Our attorneys will prepare the notification in a way which safeguards your rights should you need to address the matter to the competent courts in the event that the debtor continues to refuse payment.

  • Seizure of bank accounts and assets of the debtor

Following the sending of a formal notification to pay, if the debtor does not dispute the debt within a reasonable period of time, an application for interim seizure of bank accounts and assets may be made to the competent judge. The judge will grant the order to seize money and other assets if the creditor’s receivable validly exists and if there is a risk that the creditor will not able to recover its receivable due to the situation of the debtor. Such seizures are granted as an interim measure to secure the creditor’s right to be paid, and consist in the freezing of the debtor’s assets and money. The interim measures do not enable the creditor to repossess such frozen assets and money from the debtor. Rather, the interim measures prevent the debtor from hiding the frozen money and assets, but the creditor still has to obtain a proper judgement on the merits to be able to repossess those.

  • Obtaining a judgment ordering the debtor to pay

In the event that debtor refuses to settle the amounts due, despite the formal notification to pay and, if any, interim seizure of assets, the creditor must obtain a judgement acknowledging the amounts due by the debtor and enabling the creditor to obtain the forceful payment of its dues.

Our lawyers may assist you throughout the entire process to ensure that your receivable is being secured and collected in an effective, prompt and cost-efficient way. 

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