I run a software development company, LLC
registered in Maryland. I have unpaid invoices $9000 total to a company based in New York. The project is done, I have all the contracts
, email chains, working product. The problem was that the team that worked with me when we started is no longer with the company, and COO that i'm dealing with now doesn't want to pay, he was suggesting $3000, I was asking for at least $6000 to settle this. I applied for small claims court, which first time they asked for another sessions (were not ready), the next time I had to cancel the claim because as we found out I can't sue them in small claims court because my business
is not New York based. I dealt with the lawyer who was representing their company. What's ironic, the guy actually agrees that the company owns me but he has to represent their company anyways, he said that I could take this to the higher level court but I'd need to pay for a lawyer, but what I could do is to pay a bit upfront and then percentage from the money (say 1/3) if the case wins.
What's you advice in the current situation? New Yorker advice would be most helpful. Should I go to the court, what would be the best way to find a lawyer then. Or should I say it's a business loss.