An outstanding invoice can expire. This means that after a certain time you can no longer enforce through the courts that your debtor pays the claim. However, it is possible to prevent the limitation of your invoice, namely by interrupting the limitation. Interruption stops the limitation period and the limitation period starts again.
Interrupting the limitation period
A limitation period can be interrupted in three ways:
- Recognition by the debtor. The debtor then confirms that there is a payment obligation. For example, because the debtor has already paid one installment or makes a payment proposal.
- The initiation of legal proceedings, for example by submitting a summons.
- Sending a written notice. This is a written warning that informs your customer that you still want payment of your claim. It is important that the interruption letter meets certain requirements. If this is not the case, you run the risk that there will be no interruption and that the invoice will therefore expire.
Read more: What must a good letter of suspension include?
Advice on the limitation and interruption of a limitation period
Do you have an outstanding invoice, and do you want to prevent your invoice expiring? Or do you have questions about the limitation and / or interruption of a claim? Then please contact us. Our specialists are happy to help you ensure that your invoice is still paid.