1.1 Immediately send a notice if your customer does not pay on time; identify a certain number of days as the payment period; typically the payment period in Belgium does 14 days; maintain the notification friendly; create the impression that this is simply a matter of human error.
2.1 Our Belgian debt recovery attorneys have a wealth of experience and understanding regarding Belgian law and regulations. In fact, they are fully aware of the Belgian business customs and culture. Which makes it easier for your Belgian debtor to make timely payments.
3.1 A variety of Belgian languages are spoken here. As well as the standard Belgian languages Dutch, French and German, our attorneys speak your language so they can quickly resolve language barriers.
4.1 Our company debt recovery strategy is customized to every single case, and we provide tailored advice to you.
5.1 We will always offer our honest advice on the likelihood that your debt recovery will be successful. It is vital to us to place your needs first; we are endeavoring to provide you with your choices and guidance on the best route to take. It is clear to see how we are upholding our core values of honesty and fairness.
6.1 The debt collection mechanism may be split into two stages when coping with a debt recovery issue in Belgium. Selection takes place during the extrajudicial process, without the involvement of the Court. The Court becomes active during the course of the judicial process.
We will support you during both processes as we are a law firm. Many Belgian issues are settled without the involvement of the Tribunal.
7.1 In theory, we often continue with the extrajudicial approach to the debt recovery method. We are trying to avoid the need to go to the Tribunal, as this can be costly at times. To demand payment we contact your Belgian client.
7.2 We have the following options at this stage:
8.1 If your debtor refuses to pay during the extrajudicial process we can go to the Court following mediation with you.
We also remind you in advance of possible costs, and we will not continue until we have your permission.
There are a variety of judicial proceedings in Belgium that you can start collecting your income.
9.1 Our counsel will call the defendant to testify before the Court and engage the Court in obtaining your petition. If the claimant struggles with charging, then the situation is challenged.
This does not involve debt recovery where the claimant is unable to pay, but rather a delinquent who has given excuses for not paying the payment to the Court (a defence is filed).
9.2 If an appeal is lodged, the Court must create a timetable for making submissions at the request of the plaintiff, so that the parties will respond to each other's opinion. Nevertheless, no appeal is lodged in most instances. If this occurs, the Court typically issues a decision in favour of the claimant (called a default judgment).
In the case of an uncontested dispute between two parties located in EU Member States (except Denmark).
European Order for Payment proceedings may be initiated.
In your situation, the prosecutor who manages your case will decide whether this kind of action is acceptable.
The claimant typically filled out a standard form for Eu Order for Payment procedures and submits this to the Tribunal.
Instead, the Court issues a Community Transaction Notice.
Unless they respond to the allegation, the debtor then has 30 days to reply. If no notice is obtained within the 30-day timeframe, you can ask the Court to finalize the payment order (called a "Enforceability Statement").
Such a decision is true and enforceable and is recognized in any Member State (except Denmark). The EU Payment Order is never appropriate for contested issues that is, not in situations where there is a disagreement over the invoice).
The benefit of this process is flexibility and low cost (some Member States don't even impose a court fee), but the drawback is that if it gets challenged, the case stops, and if the claimant wants to proceed, a regular civil action will have to be launched.
- Contact your customer and demand why no payment has been and when exactly it will be.
Always request the payment copy sent to you.
- Are you not able to solve the problem with your customer? Send them a certified letter requesting immediate payment.
- Be conscious that with ambiguous payment terms or arguments, your Belgium debtor may try to gain additional time.
Persevere, be direct and never postpone.
- In Belgium, a payment period of three to seven days is normal
Our Belgium debt collection experts have comprehensive experience and perspective of Belgium laws and policies.
Therefore they are perfectly aware of Belgium's trading values and traditions.
Which makes it easier for your Belgium debtor to quickly make payments.
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