RE: Getting a client to pay?

Subject: RE: Getting a client to pay?
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 09:37:53 -0400

Geoff offered some good suggestions. I would add that before taking the
client to court, you get your lawyer to send an official certified (return
receipt) letter to the client, laying out the work done and the payment
expected, and specifying a date in the near future by which you must receive
payment. You can offer payment terms, as Geoff mentioned, but that is risky.
The letter should also state the consequences of not paying by that date --
that you will be forced to take the matter to court.

You can write the letter yourself, but get your lawyer to send it on the law
firm's stationery.

Having a return receipt for the letter tells the court that you have made a
good-faith effort to collect the debt yourself and strengthens your case.

As always, good legal advice is worth it. In this case, it may just require
the letter, which is a lot easier than spending a day in a courtroom.

Marguerite

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