How to Minimize the Impact of Non-Sufficient Fund Checks

Debt collection Michigan

Did you receive a check that bounced?

Were there nonsufficient funds?

How can you minimize the impact of nonsufficient fund checks?

Sometimes receiving a check from a debtor is only half the battle. Having the check clear the bank is the critical part. Because so many of your customers are issuing multiple checks at the same time to various creditors, it’s incumbent upon you to get to the bank to deposit them as you receive them. In this case, time really is money!

With a few simple steps you can minimize the incidence and impact of NSF checks and the associated “bad check” fee from your bank. Follow these rules:

  1. Deposit checks as soon as they arrive: If your customer has numerous outstanding checks, being the first creditor to the bank makes it more likely that your check will clear.
  2. Anticipate NSF checks: Customers occasionally submit bad checks. You need to be proactive. Maintain sufficient balances in your accounts and arrange for overdraft protection so when you unknowingly deposit a check that your customer doesn’t have the funds to cover, you don’t end up bouncing your own checks.
  3. Know your customer: Is your customer careless with accounts and payments, or is your customer experiencing cash-flow problems? 

When a check you deposit doesn’t clear, your bank will return the check to you. The check will have a number of markings on the front and back, indicating when and where it was processed, and that it was rejected because of nonsufficient or insufficient funds. If the customer doesn’t immediately offer to replace the NSF check with a cashier’s check, deposit the same check a second time. 

The second time may be the charm and it may clear. Monitor your account to see if it fails to clear a second time, and if it does, seek debt collection help immediately. It’s time for aggressive action to be taken by the experts at Muller, Muller, Richmond and Harms, P.C. 

We Specialize in Debt Collection in Michigan!

At Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C., our attorneys specialize in debt collection in Michigan. We can help you build a strategy customized to fit your business needs. We want to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in pursuing your case. 

Since 1961, our top-rated lawyers have been dedicated to professionally and aggressively pursuing the money you’re owed in a straightforward, ethical manner. With offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids, we handle claims against debtors located in Michigan, even if you are located out of state or out of the country.

Take the First Step! Our Attorneys for Debt Collection in Michigan Can Help You! 

If you need help settling a debt owed to your business by a debtor in Michigan, contact an experienced attorney who handles debt collection in Michigan

Let our experts handle all the work for you! Fill out the information form on our “Contact Us” page, or give us a call at 248-645-2440, to ask questions and figure out your next steps. Don’t let the money owed to you go away – get started today! We look forward to hearing from you.

Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C

This website is made available by the lawyer or law firm publisher for educational purposes only. This website provides general information and a general understanding of the law — this website does not provide specific legal advice. By using this website you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the website publisher. The website should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney.


This website uses cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

More info I understand