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Ayres Carr & Sullivan, P.C. Indianapolis, Indiana
Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds, Washington
Bivins & Hemenway, P. A. Tampa, Florida
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona
Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers Sydney, Australia
Christian & Small LLP Birmingham, Alabama
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno, California
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton, New York
Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC New Orleans, Louisiana
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Royal Oak, Michigan
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Detroit, Michigan
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Dearborn, Michigan
Dr. Fruhbeck Abogados Madrid, Spain
Dr. Fruhbeck Abogados Havana, Cuba
Fowler Bell PLLC Lexington, Kentucky
Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A. Charlotte, North Carolina
Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C. Knoxville, Tennessee
Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mateer Harbert, PA Orlando, Florida
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. New Orleans, Louisiana
Prince Yeates Salt Lake City, Utah
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A. Greenville, South Carolina
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston, Massachusetts
Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sader Law Firm, The Kansas City, Missouri
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP Raleigh, North Carolina
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC West Virginia
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, Virginia
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach, Florida
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne, Florida

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The legal scope of collections fall under debtor-creditor law, which governs situations in which one party is unable to provide payment for a debt to another. The process of collections refers to the pulled debit payment of a creditor. Commonly, a collection agency is an organization that seeks payment on debts owed by people or commercial entities. Most collection agencies typically operate as creditor agents and pursue the collection of debts for a fee or commission of the amount of debt owed.

Non-bankruptcy debtor-creditor law is governed mainly by state statutory and common law. Harrassment, defamation, or other unfair practices in attempts at debt collection may be curbed by tort claims in state court. States also regulate debt collection through statute. Congress has enacted the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to regulate some debt collectors.

Creditors use judicial and statutory processes to have debts satisfied. Attachment is a limited statutory remedy whereby a creditor has the property of a debtor seized to satisfy a debt. Garnishment allows a creditor to collect part of a debt (for example wages) to satisfy the obligation. Replevin allows a creditor to seize goods, such as a security interest, that he or she has a property interest in, to satisfy the debt. Receivership involves the appointing of a third party by a court to dispose of the debtor’s property in order to satisfy the debt.

A debtor may attempt to fraudulently convey a piece of property to keep it out of the creditos’ hands. State laws seek to prevent this type of property transfer. Many states have adopted the Uniform Fraudulent Conveyances Act or its successor, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.

Every state has laws, which vary by state, governing the time in which a person or entity can file suit to collect a debt. Depending on state law and whether the debt is the result of a written contract, oral contract, open account,or promissory note, a creditor or debt collector gives up his right to file suit to collect a debt after a period of anywhere from 2 to 15 years from the time the debt became delinquent. Local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.