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Solid Cannabis Debt Collection Strategies

When your business has a significant accounts receivable balance, it can pose a cash flow problem. A cannabis-related company’s lack of available banking services can amplify the issue. With no bank-backed lines of credit to draw from, many businesses in the industry operate on “friendship credit.” This approach allows an organization to extend credit to another company without the due diligence of a credit analysis — a lack of risk assessment that can lead to repayment delays.

When your organization needs a solid debt collection strategy to extract payment for those outstanding balances, Harris Sliwoski can help.

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When to Seek Legal Guidance for Cannabis Debt Collection

There are several indicators you may need professional debt collection help for your cannabis business, including:

  • Accounts over 30 days past due: A customer with a timely payment history often moves from paying cash on delivery to friendship credit. When those accounts go past the net 30 terms you establish and your customer’s promises to pay go unfulfilled, it may be time to engage an attorney’s help.
  • Unreturned phone calls: Once a past-due balance progresses beyond 60 days, you may notice your customers are no longer responding to contact attempts. An experienced debt-recovery attorney has the training and skills to work with these accounts.
  •  A change in ordering history: If a customer suddenly stops ordering or reordering at their typical levels, you may want to watch the outstanding balances closely, even if they’re not past due. This behavior can signal the account no longer relies on you and may have fewer reasons to pay promptly.
  • Grapevine gossip: The cannabis community can be relatively small, with some vendors shying away from business relationships. If you hear negative feedback about timely payment from another vendor, it can indicate cash flow issues.

At Harris Sliwoski, we try to preserve your working relationships with overdue accounts while collecting the money you’re owed.

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Bold Advice From Experienced Attorneys

Engaging an attorney is often a more successful debt-recovery strategy than working with a collection agency. The attorneys can take legal action on your company’s behalf that a collection agency lacks the power to initiate.

In the cannabis industry, it’s even more essential to have a law firm that understands the business’s nuances. These legal professionals leverage their unique knowledge of industry cash flows and working arrangements to help increase your chances of payment.

The Harris Sliwoski team boasts extensive industry experience, including state-specific experience, representing cannabis businesses. Our skills include practical debt collection advice in states like:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Our Cannabis Debt Collection Services

As part of our comprehensive cannabis debt collection services, Harris Sliwoski attorneys provide:

  • Preparing and forwarding demand letters according to law and best practices.
  • Filing legal actions against the customer company.
  • Collecting documents, depositions and written interrogatories as required.
  • Negotiating favorable settlements and drafting settlement agreements.
  • Representing you in civil actions before the court.
  • Enforcing settlement agreements or court-issued judgments.
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