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Hi Erik. You are going to be able to sue her for breach of contract since her actions have prevented you from completing the project. If she won't pay your remaining balance, then, given the amount, you can file this suit in small claims court without a lawyer.
The lack of a written contract can be overcome by the concepts of promissory estoppel and detrimental reliance. This situation arises when Person A relied upon the verbal agreement, Person A performed based on such reliance, and because Person B defaulted, such reliance is now to Person A's detriment. Where there is i) partial performance by Person A based upon the mutual promises, ii) Person A relied upon such promises to perform, and iii) Person B's failure to perform would be to Person A's detriment, Person A can overcome the legal requirement that the agreement be in writing. Your situation would satisfy the foregoing elements.
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You'll file this in your county's small claims court. Here's a link to guide you: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-smallclaims.htm