Government Collections

Helping You Manage & Preserve Your Fiscal Health

An integral part of preserving the fiscal health of your community and governmental operations involves maximizing the timely recovery of outstanding debt while also maintaining a positive image with residents and business owners in the communities you serve. Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA has been representing the rights of creditors for more than 85 years and offers our governmental and municipal entities the services of our dedicated Government Collections Group. We understand the intricacies involved with the collection of all types of governmental recovery matters and stay committed to helping you recover revenue while always maintaining the highest degree of professionalism.

We generate revenue through collection recovery, allowing you to put dollars to work improving the lives of residents. Our full service representation allows you the convenience of working with one firm, representing your interests even if a debtor is bankrupt or deceased. Weltman will provide you with a superior rate of return while maintaining the highest level of professionalism. We have the capability to provide customized programs and reporting.

Our government representation includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Claim Presentment
  • Non-dischargeable Litigation
  • Chapter 7, 11 and 13’s

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

  • Collection of Premium & Benefit Claims

Demand Letter Programs

  • Amnesty Letters
  • Non-filers
  • Specialty Letters

Department of Job & Family Services

  • Collections & Litigation


  • Commercial & Residential

Fraud Recovery

  • Real Estate
  • Asset Transfers

Medicaid Estate Recovery

  • Asset Recovery
  • Probate Claims
  • Estate Administration

Tax Collection

  • Personal Income
  • Withholding
  • Corporate Finance
  • Sales
  • Liquor

Utility Claims

  • Commercial
  • Residential

Statewide Geographic Coverage with Local Service

Weltman maintains local offices throughout Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania and has five regional offices throughout the State of Ohio: Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Brooklyn Heights and Grove City.  With our statewide infrastructure, we are capable of providing direct representation in each courtroom where we are needed.

Reputation and Results You Can Count On

The attorneys who manage the Governmental Collections Group have over 50 years of combined experience in representing the rights of various governmental agencies and entities. Our staff has developed relationships with court personnel who appreciate the fact that they are dealing with an experienced law firm with a proven track record of handling matters in a timely and professional manner.

Large for Resources Yet Small for Intimacy

The Governmental Collections Group is dedicated solely to the representation of all sizes and types of governmental bodies. Working with Weltman provides you with the resources of a large national law firm and yet the intimacy of a local partner. We believe in personal attention and are always accessible via phone, email or in-person to respond to your questions and provide status updates. We will travel for court appearances, meetings, educational seminars or any other programs for our clients.

Internal Handling

Weltman has the ability to accept files in paper format or electronically. Every account is reviewed for bankruptcy filings or deaths, in an attempt to obtain sufficient information so we can direct our collection efforts in a positive manner while protecting you from exposure. An initial attempt to contact the debtor(s) is made soon after the set-up date through letters and phone calls. We may then pursue various alternatives in recovery including negotiations for payment in full, payment terms or a compromised settlement agreement; dispute resolution; litigation or attachment of non-exempt assets such as debtor examinations, wage garnishments, bank attachments and lien filings.

Reporting and Communications

Weltman utilizes the Internet for e-mail and document transmission. Through our password-protected eClientNet, we provide you access to your account work product, progress reports detailing collection activity, performance statistics, inventory lists and accounting information.

Sara M. Costanzo, Esq.

Sara M. Costanzo

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