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If you stay in business long enough, you will finally sell something to somebody who will not pay you or with whom you cannot come to any amicable payment agreements. Should you decide to hire a collection attorney, here are some tips on how to choose the best one. Find a collection attorney who is really hungry for your business--this attorney will pursue your accounts with more aggression than a large corporation. Look for an attorney who is well-versed in your state's ever-changing mechanic's lien laws. Require an itemized monthly bill and be sure to question it occasionally. Hire local attorneys who have a solid working relationship with local judges, court clerks, and sheriffs. Change attorneys occasionally.