I've been a LNC since 2000 but the majority of my work was for a health system as an independant contractor and they always paid promptly. I did some work for an attorney end of 2003, he solicited me, billed him in November and repeatedly since and he has not paid.
He refused a written report.
I gave him a verbal report and he wanted some specific questions answered which he e-mailed, but told me not to e-mail them back he would call. I e-mailed him twice that I was prepared with the additional information but he did not call me for the information. The retainer check was not signed so I returned it (after making a copy), but that has not been replaced either.
He did sign a contract agreeing to pay upon receipt of invoice and agreeing to notify me in writing if he disagreed with the bill. He has given me no reason for not paying .
Has anyone had any experience with this and how did you get it resolved?
Well yesterday we went to small claims court. Tried mediation but he was insulting in the amount he offered to settle for so we went to see the judge. His failure to work within the contract and follow through cost him the case.
Judgement for the plaintiff for the full amount plus court costs!
Of course he's still going to try to get out of it by filing a "trial de novo" (appeal). unlike Small claims in the appeal trial you can bring a lawyer, I'm sure he thinks that will scare me off because of the cost. I don't need an attorney to represent myself, I did just fine yesterday on my own and I'll do it again...
Thanks to those who responded.
Tango71 signing off....
Last edit by Tango71 on Nov 4, '04
: Reason: spelling error