Hi! LegalGems here. I have extensive consumer law experience and will use this to assist you with your issue today. If the contract authorized future charges for the gown specifically, then the charge could be put through. If however, there was no such agreement, it would be considered an unauthorized charge, even though she consented as far as the tux's go. Since you do have a contract, you would be able to bring an action in small claims court. However, generally if you send a final notice requesting the balance, stating that you will pursue legal action if the amount remains outstanding (giving a deadline), this will generally result in payment, as a judgment does substantial damage to one's credit rating. http://www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp/?page=313 http://www.mncourts.gov/default.aspx?page=513&category=53 Since small claims paperwork is simplified, some people prefer to complete it and attach it to the demand letter, so the recipient knows the person is serious.
Thank you. Your answer makes sense. I always try to deal honestly and fairly with clients and did not want to pursue this if it was not the correct course of action. I will use the link you provided and continue to pursue payment that way. Again, thank you. Teri
I'm sure you see "all kinds" of business situations! Thanks, again. Teri
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