Collections Litigation in Bellingham, WA

Helping businesses recoup what they rightly earned

In a struggling economy, collecting accounts from clients has become increasingly challenging. And with new state and federal laws in place governing collections practices, businesses attempting to collect on delinquent accounts must be very careful or risk facing civil penalties for unfair collection practices. The law firm of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP balances aggressiveness and effectiveness in pursuing Bellingham collections litigation. We understand that collecting money owned can be a delicate task and our attorneys use their substantial practical experience to get results from even difficult debtors.

Concerns in collection litigation

When attempting to collect accounts, businesses face a number of legal and practical concerns. The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) places numerous limitations on third-party debt collectors as well as certain companies collecting debts on their own behalves and imposes substantial civil liability for violations. State law also imposes similar requirements. But a Bellingham collections litigation attorney can help your business navigate these requirements and, if necessary, take court action.

In addition to the law, an effective lawyer should understand the practical considerations of debt collection. The specter of potential bankruptcy by a debtor is something that all creditors need to consider. That is why our Bellingham, WA attorneys take a measured and practical approach to collections litigation and other business litigation to get cost-effective results for our clients in a variety of collection activities:

  • Claims against dissolving companies
  • Claims against estates

When litigation becomes necessary due to a debtor’s willful and unjustified refusal to pay, we use our substantial business law knowledge and litigation experience to investigate corporate structures to uncover assets and help creditors hold debtors accountable and get the payment for goods or services to which they are entitled. As experienced litigators, we keep the pressure on defendants during collections litigation and are zealous advocates on behalf of our clients.

We help businesses receive the payment to which they are entitled

The attorneys of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka LLP have decades of experience representing businesses in Washington State in collections actions. Our clients can count on personal service throughout the process. From our offices in Bellingham, WA, we serve clients throughout Whatcom, Island, Skagit and San Juan counties and British Columbia, providing an alternative to the expensive and impersonal Seattle firms. Contact us today online or by calling 360.671.6565 to schedule a consultation.