The 5 Best (Worst) Excuses That Debtors Have Used To Avoid Paying Clients

Best Excuses that Debtors Have Used on Why They Did Not Pay Our Clients

We often talk about overly serious topics when it comes to our legal podcasts, so today we wanted to take a break and look at some of the best excuses that debtors have used on why they did not pay our clients. There is a certain procedure of events that must happen before we get involved. Before the claim becomes a legal issue it runs through collections. Now, that you know the steps, let’s look at the top 5 excuses!

5. "We are not paying because it was turned over to collections."

We found this one funny because the client turned over the account. After all, the debtor was not paying. Guess they could see the future and know they would send it to collections?

4. "I'm not paying because your client will not meet with us so we can give him his check."

As a rule of thumb: If you are asked to meet at 11 PM off a dark alley to collect from your debtor, they do not wish to give you a check. We love our clients, and we will do everything to the best of our ability, but best believe that we are not taking the risk of getting beaten in a turnpike. Sorry!

3. "We will not pay because it is technically not the same person because they passed a certification exam between the presentation and hiring."

An example of number three was a scenario case through Back Door Hires. We find it particularly funny because any time an attorney says, "technically, " it is usually a legal-ese for something else. The debtor's argument states that the candidate passed a trade certification. Still, since they did not have the accreditation during the presentation, it was a different person in the eyes of the contract. Too bad the candidate didn't get any plastic surgery done, or they might have had an actual argument. We just had to say it.

2. "We do not have to pay because they were not retained by us, and they only worked for us for three months."

Unfortunately for this debtor, the contract did not specifically define what retain meant. It also said that they would pay the candidate's engagement, regardless of job title or arrangement. Whether they chose to compensate a candidate in chips is still worth some value.

1. "The client was retained to hire candidates, and they only sent over two candidates. One was hired, but only because of time constraints that prevented them from seeing more qualified candidates."

Half the time, the attorney wants to argue with a non-attorney; the best advice we could give you is to hang up the phone. They are trying to intimidate you with some legal gotcha they have up their sleeve, and the rest of the time, they are saying absolute trash with hopes that their law degree would make them seem credible. And usually, if an attorney would send you a letter claiming that the issue is a closed matter, never accept that as a closed matter because if they genuinely felt that way, they would've said that you should call in your attorney. Speed dating is the most efficient way to meet more than two candidates if you're under a time constraint. Just saying.

We hope you were entertained and enjoyed this blog post as much as we did. But, on a more serious note, if you encounter any situation like this, book an appointment with one of our Credit & Collection Specialists. Also, find out how to spot these types of debtors with our “8 Debtor Personas” series.

Key Takeaways

Quote 1: As a rule of thumb: if you are asked to meet at 11 pm off a turn pike to get your money, they will not be giving you a check.

Quote 2: If an attorney wants to argue with a non-attorney, hang up the phone.