Gelber & Associates, PLLC has focused on attorney collections work for decades, working to collect unpaid bills from recalcitrant clients. In doing this collection work, we allow the unpaid attorney to devote his or her time and energy to other clients, and the development of new clients and cases, rather than chasing former non-paying clients.
There cannot be a practicing attorney who has not invested his or her time, effort, and a small piece of his or her heart and soul in a case, only to have the client spin some long winded story seeking to avoid payment. We sympathize; we have been there and done that. You have invested your time and expenses, and we can take the load off of you by filing the collections suit and following through.
Often times the non-paying client will raise issues implying ethical and malpractice concerns. Sadly, that is not atypical, and we are well versed in dealing with such allegations. Of course, if there are serious issues that the attorney knows about in advance, then bringing a collections suit may not be the best initial step. However, even the Virginia State Bar would not suggest that an attorney is obligated to work for free for a client. Neither is an attorney obligated to work all the way through a case, and then have a client subjectively decide that he or she is not “satisfied” or is unhappy and therefore should be relieved of the burden of payment for the attorney’s time and expenses.
In addition to helping attorneys collect unpaid bills, thereby reducing their receivables, we can also prospectively review your retainer to determine whether it can, and should be, edited to improve your rights and options with regards to overdue bills and collections. For example, you may be able to channel malpractice claims into arbitration, and preserve the right to sue for fees in a jurisdiction of your choosing. Finally, we can conduct a full and thorough review of your attorney collections process in order to ensure that any and all gaps have been closed, and that you are on the best footing possible for the collection of your unpaid bills.
If you are an attorney with outstanding bills to clients, or if you’d like to review your retainer in order to ensure that you are in the best position possible should you need to collect unpaid bills, please don’t hesitate to contact us!