I'm a 1099 contractor with a client who has not paid his bill since 10/01/2006. In August we agreed to an arrangement like net-10, where I essentially gave him some flexibility when I expected payment. Since then, every payment has been later than the last. At the close of the last billing period, after the check from 09/15 cleared - I do learn
- I wrote the client a polite letter explaining my concerns about the amount due and the lateness of the payments. In closing, I explained that I was uncomfortable continuing to acrue billable hours for the company until some resolution was reached.
My aim was not to fire the client, so the letter was softer than a demand for payment. However, the clients reaction was essentially to terminate the working arrangement and stop communicating altogether. During our brief interaction regarding the letter he did agree (in email) that he owed the money, but did not agree to pay it or even hint at when it might be received.
I don't know the first thing about finding a lawyer, even though I did speak to a lawyer I found in the phone book about the previously linked matter. Considering the amount due is in excess of $5,000, the limit for small claims court in my state, it appears that finding a lawyer is my next step. What kind of lawyer am I looking for? If you could point me in the right direction for resources on finding, evaluating, and estimating the potential cost of a lawyer, I'd be very appreciative. I have looked through FindLaw
, but could not determine what kind of lawyer I need. I also searched number of different search engines, but found a low signal to noise ratio.
Thanks for your help.