Debt Collection in Slovenia
Does your company have to deal with debt collection in Slovenia because a Slovenian customer has not paid your invoice? Our Slovenian debt collection specialists and lawyers will be happy to help you. We will make sure that your outstanding invoices are paid quickly. Read here what we can do for you when you want to engage with a debt collection agency and recovery debt from Slovenia.
"The payment behaviour in Slovenia is reasonably good. Most companies pay their invoices on time. But of course, there are always exceptions. This often becomes clear after the first reminder, which determines whether legal proceedings are necessary or if the invoice will be paid quickly after all".
International debt collection in Slovenia
When doing business with a Slovenian trading partner, you will be confronted with different trading traditions and customs than those you are used to. Moreover, Slovenian legislation is different from that in your own country. This often makes debt collection in Slovenia complicated and time-consuming. That is why you should call in our Slovenian specialists. They have the means to make your debtor pay.
Payment behaviour of Slovenian companies
- Statutory term of payment of invoices is 30 days
- Payment deadlines are usually met
- A payment term of 14 days is customary in the case of reminders
Debt collection in Slovenia
The payment behaviour of Slovenian companies is generally good. Most companies pay their invoices on time. What if they have not paid you on time? Then hiring a collection agency or lawyer is often very effective, especially when we indicate to start legal proceedings in case of non-payment.
In general, Slovenian companies do not expect legal proceedings. They prefer to avoid this. Legal proceedings in Slovenia often cost a lot of time and money. This gives a Slovenian entrepreneurs plenty of reasons to pay an outstanding invoice.
Advantages of collection in Slovenia
- Slovenian collection lawyers in your country
- Slovenian- speaking lawyers
- Highest success rates
- Collection throughout Slovenia
- Always a single point of contact
- 24/7 online access to our portal
- No Cure No Pay debt collection
Slovenian lawyer in your country
For the collection of your invoice against a Slovenian debtor, it is best to contact a Slovenian Rechtsanwalt (lawyer) or collection specialist. For this you do not have to go to Slovenia, you can simply contact our specialists at Bierens. They have extensive knowledge and experience with the laws and regulations in Slovenia. It goes without saying that they collect in their native language. This way we know how to make your Slovenian debtor pay quickly.
Debt collection procedure in Slovenia
The collection process in Slovenia can be divided into two phases. In the extrajudicial phase we collect without the intervention of the court, in the judicial phase we do involve the court to get your Slovenian customer to pay. Because we are a law firm, we can assist you in both phases.
Written demand letters and phone calls
We send the debtor a written reminder and contact the debtor by telephone, requesting the debtor to pay. The debtor is then given several days to complete the payment. Interest and costs will also be claimed.
Drawing up payment arrangements
In Slovenia, it is often effective to set up a payment arrangement. For reaching the best results when negotiating, it is very important to show understanding towards your Slovenian trading partner.
Announcing legal proceedings
In case of non-payment, we can start legal proceedings in consultation with you. Often, the announcement of legal proceedings will convince your Slovenian debtor to pay your invoice.
If your debtor refuses to pay in the extrajudicial phase, we can go to court in consultation with you. In order to do so, we first conduct a credit check and analyse the financial situation of your debtor. This enables us to better assess your debtor's financial situation and determine whether legal proceedings are worthwhile. In addition, we will always let you know in advance what the possible costs are, and we will only start working after receiving your permission.
Would you like to start legal collection proceedings against your Slovenian debtor? Then the first question is in which country do you have to litigate. In your country or in Slovenia? This depends on the competent court, i.e. the court that is competent to rule on your debt collection case.
In your general terms and conditions, you can agree on the competent court in the event of a (payment) conflict. This is also called choice of forum. Have no agreements been made? Then the main rule is that the court in the country of the defendant has jurisdiction. In this case the Slovenian court. You will then have to go to Slovenia to follow legal proceedings there.
In addition, the main rule is that the law of the country of the seller or service provider applies. In this case, the law of your country applies. We then get this difficult situation where the Slovenian judge must judge the case based on the law of your country. A legal system that he does not know. This is not a desirable situation, which is why our advice is to make agreements about this in your general terms and conditions. In addition, you can also agree that you can litigate in your own country, should a conflict arise.
Debt collection laws Slovenia
The legal system in Slovenia is characterised by bureaucracy. In addition, procedures can sometimes be very lengthy. Our Slovenian lawyers can advise you on the best legal procedures in your situation.
Order for payment procedure ("FMH")
When there is no discussion about an invoice, we speak of an undisputed claim. In that case, an "FMH" procedure can be initiated. With this procedure, an enforceable title is obtained quickly and efficiently. After the court has pronounced its verdict, our lawyer will immediately deploy the necessary means to execute this verdict. However, if the debtor contests your claim, more extensive proceedings on the merits will be initiated.
Bottom line proceedings
In the event of a dispute, if your debtor does not agree with your invoice, our lawyers can subpoena your debtor. Both parties will then have to present their points of view. Sometimes the judge will decide immediately or in other cases a date for a hearing will be scheduled. Depending on the details of your case, the lawyer will determine whether a procedure is applicable.
International collection laws
In addition to the Slovenian collection laws, there are also several European measures that can be used when your Slovenian customer does not pay. For the European Union it is important to stimulate trade between European countries. Therefore, complicated procedures abroad are unwanted. That is why, in addition to the ordinary procedures, there are also two alternative procedures that can be used for foreign claims: the European Payment Order Procedure and the Small Claims Procedure.
Both procedures are relatively fast and cheap. A standard form must be filled in, which is then sent to the competent court. If you have not agreed on anything, then this is usually the Slovenian court. The court then deals with the collection case and makes a judgement.
The small claims procedure is only suitable for small claims up to €5,000. The European Payment Order only applies to undisputed claims.
Litigation in your own country
Have you agreed in the general terms and conditions that the court in your country has jurisdiction? Then legal proceedings can also be started in your country. Depending on your specific situation, our lawyers will look at what is most beneficial for your organisation. If we start legal proceedings in your country against your Slovenian debtor, we can start ordinary civil proceedings. Both parties will be heard, after which the court will make a judgement.
If a verdict has been obtained in your country, it has yet to be executed in Slovenia. Within the EU, it is established that all judgments obtained in the EU member states are also recognised in other EU countries. For the execution of your country's judgment in Slovenia, your court will issue a certificate. This is then sent to the bailiff in Slovenia together with the judgment. The bailiff can then set to work immediately to ensure that the judgment is executed in Slovenia.
Legal areas for debt collection in Slovenia
Our Slovenian debt collection agency has been active for several years. During that time, we have helped many companies all over the world with their debt collection business in Slovenia, as well as several Slovenian companies with all kinds of debt collection cases in various jurisdictions:
- Buying and Selling
- Rental and leasing
- Agency and distribution agreement
- Damages and unlawful acts
“Bierens is a highly effective and professional partner. Not only do they have a good debt collection procedure, they also give solid advice.”
Manuel Maas, Eneco
Is your debtor in Ljubljana, Maribor or Kranj? For our specialists it doesn't matter where your customer is located. We can assist you throughout Slovenia. For the successful collection of your case, you do not need to call in a collection agency or lawyer in Slovenia. You can simply transfer your case online. Our Slovenian specialists will then get straight to work.
More than a debt collection agency
If you are looking for a debt collection agency, you are better off with a debt collection lawyer. Our Slovenian collection lawyers have more resources than a collection agency. Moreover, they work faster and are also more successful. This is beneficial for your organisation, as you will quickly have your money in your bank account.
No Win No Fee debt collection
We work on the basis of No Win, No Fee: if we do not collect, then you pay no legal fee. You only pay €150 for administrative costs. After all, an unpaid invoice causes enough frustration. We think it would be unfair if you were to be faced with all sorts of additional fees.
You only pay a fee if we can collect the claim. We try to recover this fee from the debtor as much as possible. Therefore a successful collection case will cost you almost nothing! That is what we call justice.
If the collection is successful, we try to recover the collection costs as much as possible from the debtor. In that case, your Slovenian customer will pay the outstanding invoice and the collection costs. This way you will have to pay as little collection costs as possible to our organization.
Do you have an outstanding invoice with a Slovenian customer that is not paid? Or do you have another conflict with your customer? Our collection specialists and lawyers will be happy to help you solve your payment conflict. Please feel free to contact us for more information. Do you no longer want to wait for your money? Then hand over your invoice immediately. Our specialists will then get straight to work for you.