Duration of the debt collection procedure in Germany

If the claim is not disputed the files can be closed within a time-frame of 3 until 6 months. In all cases where the claims are disputed, the duration depends on the legal questions under dispute.

Succes Rate and Risk Management in debt collection cases

Legal risk exposure in b2b collection cases depends highly on the industry sector involved, the contractual background, the client’s out of court activities and the debtor’s economical situation. As this background is still to be explored, please be informed about the generic situation for b2b collections in Germany. 

Success-rate of undisputed extrajudicial claim collections in Germany lies in a range over 50 percent (source: Bundesverband Deutscher Inkasso-Unternehmen e.V. 2014). Litigation risk lies at an average exposure range between 30 to 40 percent.  

The Federal State of Bavaria shows the highest success rate all over Germany. If one focuses on company related collections (“b2b”) the success rate is even higher than the collection rate of private claims. This means that companies with undisputed claims and persistent credit assessment management have sincere prospects of a reflux of liquidity. 

The practical realization and success rate further on depends highly on the participation of professional legal debt collection partners. As far as legal professional partners are involved, the success rate with undisputed claims lies even higher than the figures mentioned depending again on the industry sector concerned.  

Only a smaller portion is insolvency-related, will either be terminated voluntarily by the customers due to business reasons or do not have legal prospects for a final success.


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