Debt recovery in victoria

If you need to recover debt owed to you in the State of Victoria, you need to be aware of your options. In Victoria, creditors can generally recover debt either through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Courts. If you are uncertain which path to take, you should speak to us to get the best advice before making a decision. However, our guide will provide you with a general path most consumers will face when trying to recover a debt owed to them.

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When chasing payment for goods or services, the first step is generally to send a letter of demand to the other party telling them of the dispute and the money outstanding, and giving them a defined period within which to settle the matter or else face legal action.Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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In response to a letter of demand, (1) a debtor may: pay the full amount owing; (2) show that no money is owed; (3) negotiate a compromise, for example, payment by instalments or part payment. If a compromise is agreed to, make sure that it is, or is confirmed, in writing to avoid later disputes; or (4) ignore the letter or respond to it in a way that is unsatisfactory to the creditor. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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Generally, claims must be brought within 6 years of the date the dispute arose. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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In Victoria, the Magistrates Court can deal with debt recovery claims up to the value of $100,000. Debt recovery claims above $100,000 can be brought in the County Court or the Supreme Court. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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VCAT hears and decides cases about commercial and domestic building disputes. The dispute may be between a property owner, builder, sub-contractor, architect, warranty insurer, engineer or other building practitioner – or any combination of them. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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VCAT can deal with disputes around the purchase or supply (or possible purchase or supply) of any goods or services of any value by any individuals, businesses or companies against each other for any amount of money that arise in or is connected to the State of Victoria. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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The Magistrates’ Court can hear civil disputes up to the value of $100,000. Disputes can arise from debts, claims for damages, other monetary disputes or equitable relief. Speak to one of solicitors to see how we can help you.

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