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Suing a Customer for Nonpayment

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on September 27, 2006

If you find yourself in the unfortunate but common situation where a customer or client has not paid you for services rendered or for merchandise already delivered, you have several options:

—Make a final demand for payment.

—Take legal action by filing a lawsuit in small claims court if the amount owed to you falls within the limited amounts allowed.

—Take legal action by filing a lawsuit in civil trial court.

—Any legal action you take against a customer would typically be filed in the county in which the customer resides or does business.

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Reader Comments

Rob Frankel

October 6, 2006 3:49 PM

If you're even thinking about suing for non-payment, your problem isn't suing--it's the agreement that you initially signed with your client or customer. It simply didn't provide the proper remedies for breaching the agreement. If your agreement is airtight, you never need to go to court. You simply enforce the provisions that the client already signed. For more, please visit and check item fb-104
Critical Business Agreements. These are basic agreements that you can have your lawyer bless in five minutes. They'll save you endless time and grief!

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