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"Nora von Gerichten" <wlg -at- pacificcoast -dot- net> writes:
> I agree with Geoff about the housefly and the howitzer. Small claims
> produces only a document that says they must pay you. You still have to
> collect (more costs, more time, more anger). I have successfully used a
> Commercial Affidavit of Fact. This document clearly states that if they
> not pay within 30 days the amount doubles every 30 days, as well I have
> right to put notices in all the newspapers, contact every bank imaginable,
> and if I wanted to put up placards down their street. They still did not
> want to pay. I received a cheque from their lawyer in 28 days. I prefer
> bazookas to howitzers for withheld payments.
That kind of stuff is probably different in each state in the US. I don't
know if you can do this where I live in California. The libel laws would
probably prohibit it. Also, any company with deep pockets could drown you in
paper and sue you for defamation. Whether the
defamation is true or not doesn't matter if they've got a stable of lawyers
and you've got just yourself. I've had some troubles collecting from
clients in the past, but nothing (so far) that's required anything other
than being very assertive.
Always good to have a contract in place, though, that explicitly spells out
the terms of payment and terms of work...
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