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smarino21
02-03-2006, 01:17 AM
I have 2 clients that i am concerned on getting the money from, i have tried phone calls, knocking on the door, and i just dont know what to do anymore. What do i have to do to go to small claims court and what kind of stuff should i show. Do the people have the choice of paying you ounce the court contacts them or do they have to appear in court then.

HOOLIE
02-03-2006, 01:22 AM
They can pay you at any time before court...you'll just have to drop the case if they do pay.

Of course, you could win a judgement, and some will still not pay :p

K.Carothers
02-03-2006, 01:24 AM
They can pay you at any time before court...you'll just have to drop the case if they do pay.

Of course, you could win a judgement, and some will still not pay :p

Very true. Make sure to add in the court costs if they want to pay before you go in front of the magistrate.

kc

HOOLIE
02-03-2006, 01:31 AM
Actually I don't think you even need to drop the case, if the plaintiff doesn't show they just dismiss it. But it's a nice gesture :)

smarino21
02-03-2006, 01:36 AM
yea that would work. They still cannot pay me after i win in court, Another thing what if i dont have a signed contract, will that make a huge difference?"

cwlawley
02-03-2006, 01:39 AM
I still have a lady that refuses to pay me for three different weeks in October. I called her this week to give her a final warning. She says that she didn't pay me because I never showed up to aerate her lawn in November (the next month). I told her that we cancel all services when the customer is past due. Still she refuses. So, looks like I'll see her in court as well. Good luck.

HOOLIE
02-03-2006, 01:56 AM
Whether or not you have a contract, you want to bring proof that you did the work in question...do you have route sheets from the days you did work, or bill stubs from prior work that would establish a relationship with that customer. I won a case once with no contract like this.

Trinity Lawn Care, LLC
02-03-2006, 01:59 AM
Yeah, what Hoolie said. I just got paid from someone that owed me money since like September. If you plan on taking them to court just have your ducks lined up. Chances are one they receive the papers it will never go that far.

greengiant9963
02-03-2006, 02:03 AM
I still have 3 customers from Nov. that are yet to pay. It totals around $900. I have to say this routine gets old quick. :realmad: I do not enjoy going to court but not to many other options. I guess it helps that I have 5 or 6 lawyers that are customers and one being the district attorney. They said if I ever need help just give them a call.

work_it
02-03-2006, 02:28 AM
They can pay you at any time before court...you'll just have to drop the case if they do pay.

Of course, you could win a judgement, and some will still not pay :pThat's an easy one to deal with. Once you win the court case it gives you some options to consider:
1) You can sell the bill to a collection agency and not have to deal with it any more. Of course they will only pay you a percentage of what is owed.
2) You can turn them over to the courts in which a prosecutor will issue a warrant for their arrest for contempt of court. Then file a request to garnish their wages and tax returns. Don't forget to report them to the credit agencies every month. :drinkup:
3) You can put a lein on their property. In this case the more time they take the better off you are. Not only will they have to pay you the amount awarded to you by the courts, but also interest.

promower
02-03-2006, 02:45 AM
I had 4 accounts that didnt seem to want to pay. I did a quick letter (about 3 sentences) saying this is whats owed, and if not paid by Feb 5th it gets turned over to collections. Sent the letter with no return address so they dont just throw it away when they get it. I got 2 checks within 3 days. I'll use old debts for the tough non payers.

Jpocket
02-03-2006, 08:55 AM
I have a couple Accounts that JUST paid me from OCTOBER!

I guess they figure spring is near, and they don't want to have to shop for a lawnservice. AFTER ALL they do have a good thing going with me.

geogunn
02-03-2006, 09:10 AM
I have 2 clients that i am concerned on getting the money from....

sir--I suggest you try the search feature located at the top of the page on the member name bobbygedd.

he consistently has trouble getting paid for his work and has proposed several solutions to his collection dilemmas. I hope this helps.

GEO :waving:

QualityLawnCare4u
02-03-2006, 09:16 AM
I have one lady that I did in Dec. for 80 bucks that I lost. She came out right when I was threw and asked me "did you really think it needed doing", bad sign. I told her yes there was a lot of leaves on the ground and she knew what day I would be there and if did not want it done should have called. Told me she did not have her check book, hubby has it, which is usually true but would mail it to me. I have since sent 2 bills and hung one on the door and have not gotten it. Funny thing is I never had any trouble with her before. I just wrote it off, not worth going to court over 80 lousy bucks. Now anything over 150 I will go after. Wish you the best.