Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP is a Texas-based legal firm specializing in third-party debt collection for public sector clientele. LGBS is known to focus on collecting delinquent government debts, meaning they collect outstanding payments for taxes, parking tickets, traffic citations, toll violations, etc., on behalf of the government.
This collection agency was founded in 1976 as a small tax collection firm and, over the past 46 years, has grown into a debt-collection powerhouse. Currently, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, is one of the biggest government-debt collectors in the country.
The firm currently manages more than $10 billion in delinquent accounts receivable for its public sector clientele and has become renowned for its aggressive collections strategies.
Operating primarily out of Texas, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson provides collections services to clientele in the public sector, most notably government agencies. Their job is to collect money on outstanding government accounts that have gone into delinquency and, if necessary, assist the relevant government agency in taking further action.
For example, should a resident go into delinquency on their property tax account, the overdue amount is a tax lien on the property, wherein the property is collateral for the debt. LGBS will implement its various collection strategies to obtain the outstanding money and, if their efforts fail, assist the relevant Tax Assessor/Collector’s office and local law enforcement with foreclosure proceedings.
Among LGBS’s collections strategies is:
Skip Tracing: The process of locating a debtor that has failed to answer or return repeated calls and emails regarding collections on their overdue accounts. The term is derived from the notion that the debtor has ‘skipped’ or left town.
Demand letters: Demand letters are sent by attorneys on behalf of a client demanding that the recipient take certain steps. In LGBS’s case, the demand letters are typically sent on behalf of a specific government entity demanding payment on overdue municipal accounts or fines.
Outbound call campaigns: Collections agents call debtors to remind them about missed payments, follow up on outstanding payments, or help debtors structure new repayment plans with the goal of bringing citizens up to date on their debt obligations.
Litigation: Collections litigation involves attempts by a third party (such as LGBS) to collect or establish a consumer’s liability for delinquent debts through judicial processes. In short, litigation refers to the process of taking legal action in order to collect delinquent debts.
The pursuit of prejudgment remedies and post-judgment remedies: The purpose of most pre-judgment remedies is to secure or seize money or property (assets) owned by a debtor prior to the conclusion of court proceedings. The use of these remedies is common when it is likely that the debtor will not have the money or property by the time the judgment is rendered. The majority of these remedies can be obtained ex parte without the debtor receiving any notice. Nevertheless, before imposing prejudgment remedies, a creditor must first file a lawsuit asserting that a debt is due and then apply to use those remedies.
A post-judgment remedy is an order from the court confirming that a debt is due and payable. This judgment entitles the creditor to pursue remedies to satisfy the judgment should the debtor fail to contest the claim. After obtaining a judgment, the most common creditors’ remedies include foreclosure, garnishment, and receivership.
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