Trying to step up your collection efforts?
Are you having a hard time tracking down your debtors?
Are you ready to give up?
Don’t forget to search Facebook, the most popular social networking site! People put an amazing amount of information about themselves online. You never know, your debtor could be hiding in plain sight - you just need to know where to look!
For example, a company decided to close its doors, owing more than $1 million to its customers and vendors. Customers and creditors were convinced that the owners continued to take orders even after they decided to close. Lawsuits started to pile up, but lawyers for the company refused to explain the closure or where the owners went.
A law firm for one of the creditors looked on Facebook and found one of the owners’ wives active on that site. She posted her whereabouts on a friend’s Facebook page. That was enough for a process server to get them served.
It’s a bit ironic that people worry so much about how much information the government collects, and after a law is passed in an attempt to keep records and other information confidential people still freely pour so much information about themselves into publicly accessible blogs and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Take a look there to track down your debtor, because you may be surprised at what you find!
To ensure your lawsuit is properly served when your debtor is found, it’s important to cover all your bases. Make sure you keep a copy of the summons, complaint, and exhibits for each defendant in the case and then serve each of your defendants in three separate ways.
1. Service by regular mail – Send a copy of the paperwork to each defendant by regular first-class mail.
2. Service by certified mail – Send another copy of the documents to each defendant by certified mail and request a return receipt. Keep the certified mail card when it comes back from the post office; this slip is crucial because it contains the defendant’s signature and proves that he or she received and signed for the certified mail.
3. Service by process server – For each defendant, you give a copy of all the forms to a process server, along with an extra copy of the summons. The process server will hand deliver a copy of your documents to the defendant and completes a proof of service on the second copy of the summons and files it with the court.
After service is complete, you should also file a proof of service with the court describing how you served your defendants by mail and or by a process servicer. That way, you can build your case up even more when your debtor fires back!
At Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C., our debt collectors in Michigan 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.
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