Thank you for the information and your question. You may arguably have a breach of contract
(verbal) if you can convince the court that there was an agreement from the beginning that he would pay you back. Also, if he is actually making any profit from his business and the agreement was to actually be partners, then you might have that as a breach of contract option as well. That though would not necessarily carry over to everything that you gave him,or he spent, since some of that is personal living expenses which would not be directly related to the business.
One problem though in pursuing this with a lawsuit is that Florida Small Claims
Court only handles cases up to $5000. So, if you are seeking more than that, you would have to hire an attorney to file suit in district court
, which will initially cost you a retainer up front. You might be able to recover that amount if you prevail in your suit if the court will make the other party pay your attorney's fees, but there are no guarantees.
Of course, maybe just getting a letter from an attorney would light a fire under his behind and scare him into giving you the money, or at least some of the money he owes you.
Let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.
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