September 28, 2007, Newsletter Issue #107: Tennessee Collection Agency Laws

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Following is some important information on Tennessee state debt collection laws including: Tennessee Statutes, Tennessee Judgments, Tennessee Garnishments, Tennessee Interest Rates, Tennessee Bad Check Laws and Tennessee Collection Agency Requirements.

INTEREST RATE
Legal: 10%
Judgment: 10% (or contract rate) (varies with type of transaction)

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS (IN YEARS)
Open Acct.: 6
Written Contract: 6
Domestic Judgment: 10
Foreign Judgment: 10

BAD CHECK LAWS (CIVIL PENALTY)
Treble damages up to $500 + 10% interest & reasonable service charges, atty.'s fees, & court costs.

GENERAL GARNISHMENT EXEMPTIONS
See federal law. Add $2.50 per wk. for dependent child under 16.

COLLECTION AGENCY BOND & LICENSE
Bond:
$15,000 1-4 employee
$20,000 5-9 employee
$25,000 10 or more
License: Yes
Fee:
$600 - Original
$350 - Renewal
$25 - Each Solicitor
Exemption for out-of-state collectors: Contact state licensing authority. Out-of-state agencies may be exempt if they [1] maintain office in another state; [2] resides in a state that provides reciprocity; and [3] comply with provisions of licensing.

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