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Small Claims Court

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by calvinslawnservices, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Write it off. It is not worth your time or the aggravation.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is what I would do, I have written off way more than $75 and it won't be the last.
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  3. Georgia Lawn Works LLC

    Georgia Lawn Works LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Would you guys write it off if everyone did it to you? Same principile to me. I never said to tell anyone that you are going to put them in jail. But rather say a police report for theft of services has been filed for this matter on this date.....case number.....

    Either way by doing what I have been I have have always gotten people to pay. When you get that money in your hand you will say man I'm glad I did that. At least I do.
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  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can threaten them anyway you feel you need, legal or not. The fact is you in most cases cannot force people to pay and the time and energy required to try is time and money wasted.
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  5. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
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    Honestly I don't need the money, but this guy was always a PITA. He never picked up his dog's business and so on....

    In Michigan, I believe I can put a contractors lien on the house, but that wouldn't really do anything until they tried to refinance or sell the house.

    I also wouldn't call the police to for something like this, they have alot of other stuff to take care of.

    Calvin
     
  6. Georgia Lawn Works LLC

    Georgia Lawn Works LLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you do plan on taking them to court you need to file a police report.
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  7. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    You will end up losing if you take them to court even thought you might win the claim. Small claims court usually mean that you have to take almost an entire day off because it is a long process. You will be losing way more than 75 dollars if you take the day off.

    I agree with CGAengineer, you can put some type of lien of the house. It will also cost you time and some type of fee.

    The 'threat' of small claims court is a better tactic. If your debtors work, they do not want to miss a day of work either, and will probably pay up. If they do not work, than write the money off.

    Oh, and just because you win in small claims court does not mean you will see the money,
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about I send you a copy of a lien and you can edit it with your information and send a copy to the customer.
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  9. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you talking about having the guy draft it up and send to the customer, but not actually making it official with the court.

    If so, that sounds like a great scare tactic.
     
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the customer feels theatened or harrassed he may very well take you to court. There is a fine line and if you cross it, some will pounce. Win or lose....you lose.
     

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