Thanks for your quick answer. I have a few follow up questions.
Would filing a suit involve a lot of money? Like many small businesses
in this economy I exist on the edge of survival and have enough things to do.
He has paid about $85k and owes about $17K. It was a longish contract 2+ years and it took a lot of effort to get it done. We went out of our way to do things for him. The money he paid is long since gone on expenses and materials for the job.
We have strong written evidence saying that the product performs as expected. Do you think we would be able to find an attorney who will accept the case on a contingency fee? The attorney can keep all of $17K recovered.
Alternatively do you think I can file suit myself with minimum guidance from a lawyer just to make sure that I am doing the right thing?
My friends suggested ignore the guy. See if he actually files suit and then respond. They think it is just a ploy by him to avoid making the last payment.
Do you think it is best to file first? If we file in Maryland can he file a counter suit in Florida. The contract does not specify the state where any disputes will be resolved.
The best case outcome would be if I never see this guy again or hear from him. On the other hand I do not want to pay this guy anything. It is like being bullied in the school yard.
Is there a way to make these people aware that I
- intend to fight their malicious intentions hard
- really don't have much money
Once again thanks for your time. This is the first time in nearly 10 years of being in business
that I have encountered this situation.