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Skip tracing in an essential part of collections. An effective combination of internal and external databases and resources are utilized to locate the debtor. Our process of skip tracing includes, but is not limited to:

- Nearby's (former neighbors)
- Military Locators
- Former Employers
- City Directories
- Tax Assessors Office
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Creditors
- Utility Companies
- Credit Bureau
- Voter Registration Office
- Social Security Number Trace
- Post Office
- Private Investigators
- Database Resources
- Landlords
- Library
- World Wide Web
The below graph illustrates the importance of taking early action on your commercial receivables. The projections are based on information obtained through the Commercial Collection Agency Association.

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According to the CCAA data, after three months the probability of collection on a commercial placement drops to 73 .1%.

After six months the probability drops to 50% and 29% at the one year mark.

Consequently the earlier the placement, the greater the yield from and the greater the reduction of your Days Sales Outstanding.
At The Time Of Placement

1. An initial demand notice is sent.
2. Accounts are assigned an "action plan"
3. Direct telephone contact is attempted once a day for the first five days.

Once verbal contact is established

All repayment options will be explored in an attempt to secure payment in full. A debtor is typically allotted a maximum of two days to gather the means for repayment. During this time, A&W will run a credit report and contact creditors, trade references, etc. to gather additional financial information.

An attorney demand letter will be sent and a private and civil investigator will be assigned to conduct an asset and liability investigation on accounts with a balance in excess of $3,000.00 or based on client requirement.

The investigation and attorney demand letter are contingent upon the accounts "action plan." Investigations are essential on large balance accounts to determine a debtor's ability for repayment. Investigator's are at our expense to help us to determine the solvency of the debtor and the ability to repay the debt.

[Click here to view our Action Plans]