My firm collects in other states to the extent that the jurisdiction and venue for the claim lies in Florida. I’m only authorized and licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. However, a lawsuit can be filed in Florida to collect a debt against a debtor that lives in another state.
Under Florida law if the debtor has engaged in certain acts within the state of Florida, such as entering into a contract, or obligation to pay a debt, even though the debtor resides outside of Florida, the lawsuit can be filed in the state of Florida to obtain jurisdiction over the debtor. The proper venue for such a case is the county in which payment was due.