Unpaid invoice. How do I get them to pay without being a complete bitch about it?
October 9, 2010 12:51 AM Subscribe
Unpaid invoice from contract. I'm new at this, how do I get paid without being a complete bitch?
posted by servix to Law & Government (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I did a contract job for a company, that clearly stated at the end of my contract I was to submit to them a detailed invoice, which I promptly did. When they got the said invoice, they ask for additional *none-related-to-the-contract-agreement* type of details. I obliged. The second time, they wanted me to answer questions on the invoice that would put me, "the contractor" in a legally negligent position (in other words, they didn't want to pay me for my time and services).
I waited 30 business days after they received the invoice, then sent them a short and polite email to let them know I haven't received payment, when could I expect it and if they needed more time. I got an email back telling me that they expected the invoice to include what I mentioned above. I let them know that I wouldn't put myself in that kind of position and that the contract was clear about what I did for them as well as how much I was to be paid.
It's now been 45 days. My father said I should file in a small-claims court. If I do so, do I need to notify them prior to filing the paperwork that I will be taking them to court? do I need to do anything else in terms of contacting them? approximately how long is the process for a situation like this in small claims and is there anything I can do to speed it up?