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Thank you for the great answer! And thanks for the legal language and Colorado small claims court resources. I am wondering how it works if a client pays the first month's retainer, there are no overage hours that are due, but they disappear the 2nd month? Since it was a new relationship and I took every project as far as I conceivably could until I received some input from the client, the work stopped. So I used the retainer hours in our first month and awaited the retainer payment and communication in our 2nd month. Neither came. Left several BaseCamp updates, and emails as well as called several times and left messages with her staff and voice mails on her business and cell phones. She replied once saying we should schedule a call, I gave her four available times and she didn't reply. We had a retainer agreement, but no work was done in February since I was awaiting payment and communication. So, while we had an agreement for 30 days notice for endings/wrap up, no notice was given but no work was performed either. Would it make sense to try to collect on a final month's retainer (and then I would owe her a block of work in return) or do the courts only care about products or services already rendered?
Also, this may be a question for a CPA but for the 1st scenario where I did project work and services were rendered, can I write that unpaid balance off as a loss on my taxes? I thought I heard someone say that services/my time don't count toward a business loss.
Thank you very much!
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