Here you will find some of our most commonly asked questions. If you need anything answered that isn't on this page, please write us or give us a call. We would be happy to answer any of your inquiries.
Debtors will often pay a collection agency even though they never cooperated with the original creditor, mainly because collection agencies typically increase the psychological anxiety associated with a debt. Second, the debtor will understand that the creditor is serious about collecting their money. Also, many debtors are wary of the impact that a collection account can have on their credit score.
There are several variables that will influence recovery rates: the age of the debt is arguably the most important factor. The older the debt is, the lower the chance of recovery. Other important variables include: industry, balance, documentation, demographics and type of debt (commercial/consumer/medical/NSF checks, etc.).
Claims are entered within the first 24 hours and the first collection notice is mailed immediately thereafter. This notice is followed up with subsequent phone calls and additional letters. Some debts are collected in the first 7 days while others may take up to 2 or 3 years! There are skips (cannot locate debtor), debtors who dispute the debt and debtors who are simply uncooperative. On average, though, we collect most of our payments within the first 120 days.
If the debtor disputes the debt, Darnel will provide them with verification of the debt, which typically consists of the documentation initially provided by the client. On occasion and depending on the dispute, Darnel may have to request additional documentation from you, the client, in order to properly verify the debt. If the debtor simply refuses to pay, we will review the file to determine if litigation is advisable and upon client approval, we will forward the file to collection counsel. Relevant factors to consider prior to commencing litigation include: good documentation, balance, cost of litigation and a good address to serve the debtor with the lawsuit.
Yes. Darnel will attempt to recover your debt in-house. In the event litigation becomes necessary, Darnel has collection attorneys to handle your files upon your authorization. We will also keep you updated as to the progress made by the attorneys who are working on your behalf. Our clients appreciate the fact that we take care of everything throughout the collection process, especially the legal process since many people are not familiar with the complexities involved in a lawsuit.
The age of a delinquent account is one of the biggest factors in determining whether or not a debt gets paid. The older the debt, the harder it is to collect. Research on the collectability of delinquent accounts clearly shows that the most advantageous time to enlist the services of a collection agency is within 60-90 days of the invoice due date. Incorporating this strategy will help ensure maximum recoveries with the least cost to your company.
Yes, we can. At Darnel, we don't adopt a “cookie cutter” approach to collections. Many of our clients give us specific instructions as to how to proceed against their customers. We realize that today's slow-paying customer can often be converted into tomorrow's good-paying customer with the right amount of collection follow-up, which is why Darnel endeavors to collect while attempting to salvage the business relationship between our client and their customer.
Established in 1974, Darnel has seen significant growth over the years. During this period of development, we have learned what our customers require and have structured our company to provide them with exactly those needs. Performance and communication are two aspects that hold great importance for us since their successful accomplishment will translate into satisfied clients. Our new, enhanced website and full-time client-relations representatives are two of the many reasons that Darnel outdistances the competition when it comes to communication. At Darnel, our collectors do not stand alone, but rather are supported by all levels of management. We take collections very seriously and believe that collections are and should be our primary focus.
Contact us and we will ask you to complete our standard collections services agreement for your authorization. This agreement does not mean that you are obligated to make all of your placements with Darnel. Rather, it exists in order to explain what we intend to do for you, our client, and what we expect you to do for Darnel.
Ease of placement is a reality at Darnel. We provide placement forms for those clients that have one or several claims to place, but for those clients with heavy volume, we can receive their placements via fax, mail, electronic medium, E-mail or Secure FTP. Secure FTP is the preferred method.
Good news. There is no annual fee for our services. In fact, since our fees are generated solely upon collections, you don't pay unless we collect.
After obtaining your company's name, address, fax, phone and E-mail address, we would require the debtor's contact information; name, address, phone numbers, total amount owing and its due date. This information is sufficient for us to commence collection activity against your debtor. However, relative to collections, knowledge is power. The more information we possess concerning the obligation, the easier it is to dissolve objections and effect payment.