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This is how you can respond if you receive a reminder for an 'old' invoice

Give a reaction / contract lawcorporate law / Door Jan Roodhooft

A contractor or supplier of goods or services sends you a reminder for an invoice that would have been delivered to you years ago. Do you still have to pay this invoice in that case? What arguments do you have for not doing that?

If a contractor or supplier only sends you a reminder for an invoice after some time, it is not always easy to remember exactly what the invoice relates to. no longer have to pay.

statute of limitations

In the first instance you can check whether you cannot say that there is a statute of limitations. Do know that the limitation period is usually no less than ... 10 years. In some cases, shorter statutes of limitations apply. This is the case, for example, with regard to a lawyer's claim for payment of his fees. It expires after 5 years. If the invoice has expired, you no longer have to pay it.  If you still pay (because you did not know that the invoice was time-barred), you can no longer reclaim the amount paid.

Ask for explanation

A second line of thought (if there is no statute of limitations) is to inform your contractor or supplier that you do not remember what their invoice could relate to. of what exactly was done for you.  It will then be up to the contractor or supplier to provide proof of exactly what he did for you. If he can't do that, you immediately have an argument not to pay. Some judges simply accept the customer's argument that he can no longer check whether the invoice corresponds with what the supplier delivered or with work carried out by the contractor.


If your contractor or supplier also charges interest on the invoice from the invoice date, you can argue that you do not have to pay it. was brought. If the case eventually comes to court, the court will have the last word on whether the interest must be paid anyway.


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