Someone Owes Me Money

If a person or company owes you a sum of money and refuses to pay, there are a

number of options available to you in law.

This page will provide an overview of these options explaining how and in

what circumstances they may be used.

Please call us on 0800 3 10 11 12

Dealing with a dispute, whether it is small or large, can be a particularly stressful experience, especially if you are unsure about the costs and procedures involved.

Our Litigation Team regularly handle a wide range of disputes and we can provide practical and specialist advice with the aim of resolving your dispute quickly and cost-effectively. Please call us about your civil dispute on 01536 276300 or use our online enquiry form.

Options

There are a number of options available in law to someone owed money. It is important that these options are attempted at some point before court proceedings are issued, as the legal costs and court fees could potentially be high. The alternative remedies are not only more cost effective, but can also be much less time consuming in the long run. These include:

  • Contact the other party
  • Mediation
  • Using a solicitor
  • Court Action

Contact The Other Party

Before seeking professional advice, it is highly advisable that you speak to the person who owes you the money first. It is possible that an informal agreement may be negotiated for a plan to get the money repaid.

Failing that, you should write them a letter advising how much they owe, what it’s for and what you have already done to try and get the money. During this stage, it is important to keep details of all your correspondence as this could potentially be relied upon later in Court. In addition, you should avoid being drawn in to long, drawn out, heated discussions. If you are unable to come to an agreement at this stage, other steps should be taken.

Mediation

Mediation is a very effective way to resolve disputes without the need to go to court. The process involves an independent third party, known as a mediator, to help both sides reach an agreement. The process is treated with strict confidentiality and the decision making rests solely with the participants involved.

Mediation is a voluntary process and will only take place if both parties agree. It is important to note however that Courts are increasingly expecting parties to have attempted mediation at some point in the past before issuing Court proceedings.

Use A Solicitor

Seeking legal advice is advisable if, after having used mediation, you are still unable to come to an agreement over the debt. At Seatons, we are able to contact the other party on your behalf, advising that legal action may be taken if payment is not made.

In addition, we can also help define your case in legal terms, advising of your rights in law and providing clear, easy to understand, legal advice tailored to your circumstances. For more information, give us a call on 01536 276300 and receive a quote.

Court Action

Court action is advisable if, having explored alternative options, you are still unable to settle the matter. Due to the high risk nature of this approach, it is important that such an option is only ever used as a last resort.

You should be aware that unlike previous options, Court proceedings potentially take months to complete with no guarantee of success. For this reason, it is vital that professional legal advice is sought before pursuing this path. At Seatons, we can assess your case to advise whether Court action is an appropriate and effective solution to go down. For more information, feel free to give us a call on 01536 276300.

Getting Money Owed To You

Getting money owed back to you

We are specialists in Civil Litigation matters. Dealing with a dispute, whether it is small or large, can be a particularly stressful experience, especially if you are unsure about the costs and procedures involved. Our Litigation Team regularly handle a wide range of disputes and we can provide practical and specialist advice with the aim of resolving your dispute quickly and cost-effectively.

If you have a Civil Litigation matter and are thinking about pursuing it then please call us.

All you need do is simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 01536 276300 or use our online enquiry form and we can take things from there.

Articles About Civil Litigation

Value Of Your Home Blighted By Infrastructure Plans? See A Lawyer Today!

Many proposals for major infrastructure projects never get off the drawing board, but their mere existence is often enough to seriously harm private property values.

Bankruptcy – Judges are Rarely Taken In by Transactions at an Undervalue

The prospect of impending bankruptcy sadly often brings on a flurry of activity designed to put assets beyond the reach of creditors...

Covid-19 – Open For Business And Safeguarding Our Clients & Staff – Announcement

As we were in the first lockdown, we are 100 percent committed and focused on doing the right things for our clients and our community.

Has Your Privacy Been Violated? You Don’t Have to Put Up With It!

For many people there is almost nothing more painful than having their private affairs aired on the internet or in publicly available print.

Why Use Seatons?

  • Practical sensible help and information
  • Fixed, competitive and affordable prices
  • We care about you and fight for you
  • Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • We can help resolve your issue quickly & easily

Covid19 Information

**UPDATE** WE ARE OPEN FOR PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY FROM MONDAY 19th July 2021. Our front doors will remain closed to the public for the time being. We are unable to deal with clients without an appointment, but our reception staff can assist you in the interim. We hope you can understand that we are doing this to keep our staff as safe as possible from the ongoing Covid issues.