I lent 80,000 AUD to a friend who promised to return the money in 4 weeks' time but now it's been more than 6 months and I am still chasing the guy. Despite various promises, I haven't got any money back. I have a signed loan agreement along with statutory declaration regarding the loan amount and time frame of returning a loan. Now the guy isn't picking his phone and I don't know where he is. I am desperately looking for help about my legal options and their costs. Do I need to hire a lawyer to pursue this further? Generally how long does it take for resolving such disputes especially when other person isn't approachable? Can this be given to debt collectors? Can the court bind him to pay me in certain time frame?