If you can afford to write off $13,000, wouldn't you rather have it go to charity?
In some US States, the statute of limitations for breach of contract is six or more years, not three.
Your first Expert is right - notify the consumer protection offices in all states involved.
In addition, however, I would file a complaint with the federal office, at ftc.gov.
Now, if this company was going to transport your boat across the water, it is likely that Maritime laws would apply. Unfortunately, I only have a 14 foot kayak, so have learned nothing of these laws. I just want you to keep that in the back of your mind.
It's also possible that the US' Uniform Commercial Code would apply. I think it would depend on whether or not your boat would be consider "goods" being transported, or whether there is a separate section that would be spot on. Again, I'm just raising the question, but don't know the answer.
Now, only a green attorney who only passed the bar in the last year or so is going to take a case for 1/3 of $13,000, or approximately $4400.00
Just doing the research can easily consumer 6 to 10 hours, writing the complaint another 10....you get the idea.
HOWEVER...some states provide treble damages for consumer protection violations. Some states provide the award of attorneys' fees and costs. In federal courts, and some states, courts award penalties. Suddenly, you're looking at the possibility of a lot more than $13,000 PLUS the possibility of attorney's fees/costs.
So, it seems to me that you hired the wrong attorney. If this case can be filed in federal court (and it may well be possible), you can hire practically any attorney in the US, licensed in any state.
I would try large firms first, perhaps ones dealing with international cases. Try to get references, but also try some big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco....
Every state has a listing of attorneys online these days and a referral listing through the individual bar association.
In addition, most states have an association of trial attorneys - these are usually plaintiffs' attorneys.
For example, here are the listings for Arkansas:
Don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references. You can make an appointment for a phone consultation - offer to pay in advance by credit card or Paypal. Don't try to get the attorney on the phone - make an appointment. This is a professional.
Ask references such questions as does he/she procrastinate? Produce understandable invoices? Etc.
By the way - I am going on the assumption that you've already written to the company. If not, your first step should be to send a certified, return receipt, registered overnight letter demanding repayment no later than (put in a time and date). I suggest also demanding interest.
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Jane Doe Deer