Accounts Receivable Litigation (or “Commercial Collections”) means lawsuits to recover business debt. This includes unpaid invoices for goods and services, as well as unpaid commercial loans.
The common thread in all collection matters is an alleged breach of contract. If you’re selling goods or services, you’ll want to make sure your sales terms appear clearly in your sales agreement, your credit application or your invoices.
Think of your lawsuit in 2 stages: the litigation stage, where you prove your case to obtain a judgment, and the post-judgment stage, where you look for assets to collect it. To prove your case, you’ll need such records as invoices, contracts and correspondence, and to find assets, a good credit application is very helpful. In addition, a skilled collection lawyer will have a trained eye for finding the Defendant’s assets.
Finally, in any type of collection case, keep in mind the Statute of Limitations, which is a law providing how long you have to bring a lawsuit. For most contracts in New Jersey, you have 6 years from the breach of contract, but for a sale of goods, it’s usually 4 years.
I practice throughout New Jersey (all counties), and also accept cases in Southeastern Pennsylvania.