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International Debt Collection in the Netherlands

International debt collection in the Netherlands

international debt collection in the Netherlands starts with a mandatory extrajudicial phase. This initial step aims to amicably resolve the debt without court intervention, often through written reminders to the debtor.

Extrajudicial Collection: The First Approach

In this phase, the focus is on direct communication with the debtor to encourage payment. This could involve outlining potential legal consequences or negotiating payment terms. It’s a critical step, as it sets the tone for possible future legal actions and often determines the debtor’s willingness to cooperate. MAAK Advocaten will provide you with the most important elements.

Transitioning to Judicial Debt Collection

The Judicial Collection Process

If extrajudicial efforts fail, creditors may resort to the judicial collection process. Determining the competent court often depends on the contractual agreement between the parties. In the absence of such stipulations, typically, the court in the place of delivery, which would be a Dutch court, is considered competent.

Dutch Court Judgments and Debt Collection

With a Dutch court judgment, creditors have several options:

  1. Prejudgment Attachment: Securing the debtor’s assets before judgment.
  2. Initiating Ordinary Civil Proceedings: Seeking court orders for debt repayment.
  3. Filing for Bankruptcy: Applying pressure on the debtor, often requiring support from another creditor.

Handling Foreign Judgments in the Netherlands

International cases, where a non-Dutch court is involved, are handled differently:

  • EU Member State Judgments: Recognized without needing a Dutch court’s declaration.
  • Non-EU Member State Judgments: Depend on existing treaties and may require re-litigation in Dutch courts.

Special Regulations within the EU Framework

European Order for Payment Procedure

This streamlined process allows for the quick collection of undisputed pecuniary claims across the EU, barring Denmark. It culminates in a European order for payment, enforceable against the debtor.

European Account Preservation Order (EAPO)

This procedure enables creditors to freeze the debtor’s bank accounts across the EU. It’s executed by Dutch procedures when applied in the Netherlands.

Professional Assistance in Debt Collection

MAAK Advocaten offers expert legal advice for international and national debt collection. Their services include strategizing extrajudicial collection efforts and navigating through the complexities of judicial processes, ensuring efficient and effective debt recovery.

Q&A Section

Q1: What is the first step in debt collection in the Netherlands?
A1: The first step is the extrajudicial process, where efforts are made to persuade the debtor to pay without involving the courts.

Q2: How does the Dutch court handle international debt collection cases?
A2: For EU judgments, no Dutch court declaration is needed. For non-EU cases, it may depend on treaties, and re-litigation in Dutch courts could be necessary.

Q3: What are some alternative EU procedures for debt collection?
A3: Alternatives include the European Order for Payment and the European Account Preservation Order, facilitating quicker and more direct debt recovery methods.

Get in Touch with Our international debt collection law firm

If you have any questions or require legal assistance about international debt collection in the Netherlands, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable and dedicated team at our Dutch law firm MAAK Advocaten.  Our Dutch lawyers are committed to providing exceptional legal services and personalized attention to address your unique needs. You can contact us through our website, via email, or by phone. Our friendly and professional staff will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a consultation with one of our expert attorneys in the Netherlands, for example a Dutch litigation attorney or contract lawyer in the Netherlands in Amsterdam. We look forward to the opportunity to help you navigate the complexities of the legal landscape and achieve the best possible outcomes for your case.

Contact person: Remko Roosjen | attorney-at-law
Office number: +31 (0)20 – 210 31 38

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Remko Roosjen

Remko Roosjen

Remko Roosjen is a debt collection attorney in the Netherlands and creates close working relationships with clients, providing pragmatic solutions across on all legal matters in the Netherlands. Remko is a partner of our Dutch Debt Collection office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His specialist areas include Debt Recovery, Commercial Disputes & Contracts, including civil litigation, arbitration and mediation. Remko is a sharp, creative attorney with extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Visit Remko's profile via the website or via his LinkedIn Profile.