Common Debt Collection Questions.

My debtor refuses to pay me back the debt owed to me, what can I do?

You could commence a legal action against the debtor to recover your debt by engaging a lawyer to issue letter of demand and/or to sue your debtor.

What kind of information/documentation I should provide for the process of debt recovery?

All the documents and records to prove the existence of the transaction. For instance, in a case for good sold and delivered, you may need to produce delivery order and/or invoices to prove the same. Please contact your lawyer to get find out the evidences required.

What kind of debt can I recover?

Any debts owed to you in monetary forms could be recovered as long as there are sufficient evidences to prove so together with the late payment interest, if any

Is there any time limit for me to recover my debt?

Yes. Generally speaking, the time limit to recover your debt is 6 years from the due date of the debt. You are not able to claim against the debtor after the limitation period. Speak to your lawyer to the details of the limitation period.  

How long does it take for me to recover my debt?

Generally, the whole process from the issuance of a letter of demand to obtaining a undisputed judgment in court against the debtor takes around 3 months.

In the event the matter is disputed, the process would take extra 3 to 6 months depending on the Court’s schedule.

I could not find/locate my debtor, would it affect the process of me recovering my debt?

No. You are still allowed to commence legal proceedings even it the debtor could no longer be located. You can still obtain a court order against the debtor (“judgement in default”) in the absence of debtors. You may even enforce the judgment against the assets of the debtor.

I have obtained a judgement from the court for the debt owed to me, how could I enforce it to recover my debt?

There are several ways to enforce a judgment, depending on the circumstances of each cases:

  1. Writ of seizure and sale – To seize the debtor’s asset and auction off to the public
  2. Writ of possessions of immovable property – To take over the property/ lands of the debtors
  3. Judgment debtor summons – To initiate bankcrupty action against the debtors
  4. Garnishee proceedings – To freeze the debtor’s bank accounts and order the banks to release the funds in the bank in favour of your
  5. Committal proceedings – To fine or imprison the debtors for his contempt of court.

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