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Old 02-10-2004, 06:16 PM
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Metro has a point with the late fees. Also are you a corporation? If you are then you can charge the maximum in late fees, which I thought was only 18% yearly but I could be wrong because metro says its 25%. If you are not a coporation the percentage rate is around 7% yearly.
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Old 02-10-2004, 06:41 PM
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This is not Judje Judy your going on they usually don't ask ? and if they do its usually a yes or no answer. Your case is going to be 1 of hundreds that a referee or majistrate has to go over that week. So keep it simple then and hope that you end up with 1/2 of what your asking. And no you would not have to show that you had $1000 worth of worked lined up you turned it down becuase you were tied up mowing for the dead beat. Remember this is all going to be word of mouth so you could say you had the work and it would help if it was documented. When you get in that court I promise you that the story the other guys gonna tell is going to be the complete oppisite of your. That means one of you won't be exactly truthful lol

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Old 02-10-2004, 07:12 PM
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I may be wrong on the %. I know the most that can be charged on a loan, credit card ect. is 25%.. thought that may also apply here. I use a flat fee based on the job being invoiced. It is printed on each invoice.
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:14 PM
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no corporation here. so i'm thinking 7%? that seems really low
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Old 02-10-2004, 08:42 PM
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That rate is an annual rate, not by the month. Your 7% would only be .58% a month where the norm is 1.5% or 18% annual
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:55 PM
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I just got done with my small claims case. I won, but I was only awarded about half of what I sued for. The judge wasn't convinced on the number of "visits" I missed out on. I did not include the late fee in my losses and I was awarded them anyway.

If nothing else, it's a hell of a learning expeirence and you can only benefit from the knowledge gained.

Now I'm just waiting for my money!!!
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:24 PM
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exactly what i hope happens C & S. How much did he actually owe you, and how much did you go in asking for? you said the judge wasn't convinced about how many "visits" you missed out on. by this do you mean you tried to get compensation for lost wages because of this guy?
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:33 PM
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no corporation here. so i'm thinking 7%? that seems really low
I know what you mean with it being low. I was shocked when my lawyer told me about it. He did tell me something else that was interesting which is a rebilling or office fee. He says that sometimes you can get away with calling the late fee something different. So a $15 rebilling fee. Or a $20 paperwork fee. Something like that. Just as long as it shows on the invoice what the fee will be if thy are late with a payment
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:24 PM
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I missed out on 6 mowings. I sued for the 6 mowing charges, minus gas & wear & tear on my mowers, plus court costs. The judge didn't think the lawn needed to be mowed that much @ that time of year. I pleaded my case, but I was beating my head against a wall. I took what I could get & learned a ton. I got two mowings plus court costs.
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:07 AM
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thanks for the tip tiedman, good heads up.

C&S, that kinda sucks man. well, like you said, at least you learned something (and got a little bit of money out of him)
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