Another Small Claims victory

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TURFLORD, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Every year there's at least one smart azz that needs to be taught a lesson, this year was no different. Please only respond if you know Small Claims. Don't jack my thread discussing what the best way to collect should be. It was only $160 this time, cost $21 to file and the biggie is it was at a county court I'd never been to before. The defendant didn't show. I got cheated out of half the fun.:mad: I love knowing that I caused them a fair amount of inconvenience by making them show up in court.:hammerhead: On a side note. I always ignored jobs outside my county because I was unfamiliar with the adjoining county, not knowing where the courthouse was, their prcedures, parking, etc. Now that I finally had my learning experience and realized it was not all that bad, I think I'll expand my territory a bit.
     
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    What was the victory? Getting a favorable ruling? Did you get paid?
     
  3. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes I got a favorable ruling. When the Defendant doesn't show up it's called a default. I win automatically. No mediator trying to get me to agree to half. I get my full demand,finance charge, filing fee, and all. I now have to file for a judgement(already done) which is a technicality. The court will place a lein on a bank account, adding 40%+mileage for their effort, and send me a check. The defendant receives a black mark on their credit history that will never go away.:)
     
  4. dlm17

    dlm17 LawnSite Member
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    Maybe Im Just A Little Naive But Do You Really Need To Know Where The Court House Is Before Expanding Sounds A Little Negative To Me I Thought Most Of Us Would Prefer Not To Need To Know That, But That Could Just Be Me
     
  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good for you Turflord!!! It's not the amount, it's the principal. Go Get'm
     
  6. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Turflord, good to hear the system worked. I also had a good experience with small claims, but the total time from where you are now to actually getting my money was about a year. I was happy, and a $700 bill cost the former client $1K. Should have just paid the bill in the first place, stupid.
    Glad you won your case, keep us posted.
     
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    The first court case is always the hardest, you want to make sure you dot the I and cross the T....I had to go several times. on a few occasions just filing and having Jonny Law serve the papers was enough to get payment.

    Good score. and Taking them to small claims, although it sound harsh, its the best way to do it and best of all its the legal way....
     
  8. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    not expanding to a town because you dont know wheere the court house is sounds pretty stupid to me also...

    expand to wherever and if you run into a problem you have the internet apparently so you can find any place in the world

    congrats on the winning though dont let stupid **** stop you from expanding though
     
  9. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wouldn't go so far as to say it's stupid. I would say caution, or maybe just spoiled. I'm small time these days. I mostly work by myself. I grossed $93k last year and didn't have to travel more than 10 miles in any direction to do it. This strategy allows me certain freedoms to chose my customers more selectively. I'm sure the guys with 3-4 crews know what I'm talking about. Part of doing business, whether we like it or not, is knowing how to collect at times. For some reason I thought it was more invovled to do SC in the neighboring county. In my county,I've done it so many times, it's old hat by now. Complacency begets laziness I guess.
     
  10. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 132

    Turflord, how do you go about filing the judgement? I had the same situation last yr. no show I won, no I have to file a judgement?Thanks
     

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