Their lovin' don't pay my bills
December 10, 2009 9:32 PM Subscribe
I'm a freelance writer who's considering suing a client for nonpayment. Before I go there, please give me the benefit of your experience.
posted by anonymous to work & money (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm being stiffed by a client for almost $10K. After several months of collections efforts, a demand letter from my attorney resulted in assurances of goodwill but nothing more.
Now I'm considering filing suit for breach of contract. The total is too large for small claims, and my attorney tells me it will cost a couple grand up front in legal fees. In the meantime, I fear my former client will soon close their doors and may file for bankruptcy.
I'm looking for experiences from other freelancers or small business owners who have been in similar situations. Did you decide to sue, or walk away? How much did you recover, and what did it end up costing? What do you know now that you wish you'd known then? Thanks for sharing your hard-earned wisdom.