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Thank you for your question. Is the fee in the contract? Is the fee for being late with payment or for picking up a child late?
Being late with payment.
I don't believe it is stated anywhere on the contract I signed that a fee would be applied weekly.
The daycare has the ability to charge a late fee; however, each client needs to be made aware of the charging of a late fee. This is generally laid out in the contract or a later amendment thereto.
okay is it legal to charge their fee weekly? most places have a monthly charge....
Yes, they can charge their fee however they see fit. That is left to their discretion.
okay...does a business have to attempt to make contact with someone both written and by phone before turning them over to a collection agency?
No. It is a good business practice but is not required under law.