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New Jersey and Restrivtive endorsements; Perfect together?


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Ok here's the situation Amex (green card) became a CO. I owe $311 which I can pay in a heart beat but they won't remove the negs or TL if I pay. They did say they won't be pursuing collection on this amount. I was told that New Jersey is one of the few states that a restrivtive endorsement is valid in. Can I get help with the correct wording so when they cash my check for the full amount they have to remove the TL.

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What is a Restrictive Endorsement, When a creditor accepts payment with a restrictive endorsement, a legal agreement is binding your creditor to the terms specified on the payment instrument. Why use a restrictive endorsement agreement? Most creditors are happy to receive any form of payment; after all, this is why they are in business.

To understand why this method works so well, put yourself in the position of a collection agency or creditor who received payment with a restrictive endorsement. First, you may be a position to receive a commission for the recovered funds. Second, you may feel no obligation to follow through with the terms in the letter. Odds are, your payment will be accepted without any reservations. In some states, a restrictive endorsement may not hold up. I.E.:creditor had the right to full funds and was cashing the payment that you owed.

It is always best to send the agreement first, give the creditor time to object and then send your payment with a copy of the first letter. Do not send payments to lock boxes. Those will be processed as usual. Send it directly to the credit manager.

When to use a restrictive endorsement agreement?

As a general rule, mortgage lenders will not honor this form of payment nor will most creditors for secured debts where there is collateral involved. Unsecured debts are usually the target. This method is generally most effective with older accounts that have been turned over to collections. It will work however, with newer accounts if the collector "perceives" the account may be difficult to recover. Collection agencies only profit if they have successfully collected funds for their client.

If your account has already been turned over for collections, the original creditor was unsuccessful after sending a series of demand letters. In most cases, if the account is older than one year, your creditor "wrote" off the balance as bad debt and reported your debt as a financial loss. In this scenario, a restrictive endorsement is recommended. Your creditor has lost all hopes of keeping you as a customer and any funds they collect at this stage are considered a different kettle of fish.


By accepting these funds, you hereby agree that this account is paid in full without protest and that you will remove this account with each credit bureau that you submit to. Your cashing of this check constitutes you have previously agreed to my offer. No collection activity may be attempted any further and my credit reports will reflect this change.

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The FOLLOWING VERBIAGE MUST BE WRITTEN ON THE ACTUAL PAYMENT INSTRUMENT. Even if you shorten it, make sure the necessary wording of settlement and restrictive are on the back of the check above where the person would endorse it. We recommend a Cashiers Check from your local bank or credit union...as you can have them copy the check after it has been processed and returned to the bank. Keep a copy!!!!

By sending a check with this verbiage, you are offering in no uncertain terms to settle the debt and be done with it permanently. If the creditor cashes the check knowing it has a restrictive endorsement on the back, they have to abide by terms. Some creditors may write on the back 'Cashed under protest" so that they can continue to collect the balance. To avoid this, make sure you send an offer in compromise letter first and once they agree in writing, you send this letter above. We don't recommend that you arbitrarily send a check like this until you have gotten the creditor to agree prior. Doing so may jeopardize your position.

Some courts see a restrictive offer as nothing more than paying part of a debt you owe while other courts consider for a restrictive offer to be enforceable, there must be an offer, an acceptance of that offer, and some consideration. In the settlement of a legal dispute, the agreement to settle is called an "accord." Actual exchange of the consideration is called a "satisfaction." Thus, Accord & Satisfaction.

Finally always be sure you are cautious when dealing with collection agencies. You should verify the negative item to the credit bureaus first and if verified as accurate then request a VOD. However don't ignore any collection notice you receive because by law you have 30 days to lodge your dispute with the collection agency. You will want to send your VOD ASAP in that scenario. Once you have determined that the debt is absolutely legitimate then you can begin to negotiate using restrictive endorsements to create a new accord and satisfaction. This method is extremely powerful.

I hope this helps a little, I found this information while I was researching restrictive endorsements for Utah.

Good luck...........................

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