How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Richard Your Own Question
Richard
Richard, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 53942
Experience:  Attorney with 29 years of experience.
17027240
Type Your Legal Question Here...
Richard is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How do I proceed to collect money owed to me as a contract

This answer was rated:

How do I proceed to collect money owed to me as a contractor?
Welcome! My goal is to do my very best to understand your situation and to provide a full and complete answer for you.

Good afternoon. How much money is owed to you? Did you perform services or provide materials to someone's home or building? When was the date you last did any work? Thanks.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
$ 36000
Thanks. I'm going to opt out so that another expert can help you from here. Without all the requested information, I don't feel comfortable that I can give you full and complete response. Please do not respond to this post as it will only slow the process of such an expert picking up your question. Take care.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I performed consulting services. The last work date was May 14, 2013. The contract terms were net 30 days. The payment was not dependent on the hiring company collecting payment from the customer.
Thank you...I appreciate the additional information! Since they will not pay you voluntarily, you will need to file suit against them. Since the amount is in excess of the small claims court limit, you would need to file this in a state civil district court. You can represent yourself, but it's probably easier if you get an attorney to help you. Filing the suit itself is not expensive and my experience in these type cases is that this is all you will need do. It's amazing what getting served with a summons will do to cause someone to pay you what is owed. If your contract provides for the prevailing party to be awarded legal fees, you can recover those as well. Under my terms of service with JustAnswer, I'm not allowed to make a specific recommendation, but I can give you direction. You would want to either contact the state bar association or your nearest law school for a referral. I prefer the latter because they take great pride in their graduates and will take a more personal interest in making sure your referral is a good one because it will be a reflection of the school.

If the defendant doesn't pay you prior to the hearing, the hearing will give you the results you are seeking. That's because once the suit is filed and a judgment awarded, you become a judgment creditor, and if the losing party doesn’t then pay the judgment, you can have the sheriff serve a summons on the losing party for a debtor examination. That forces the losing party to meet the judgment creditor in court and answer questions under oath about the losing party's assets. After that information is obtained, the judgment creditor has the power to attach bank accounts, have the sheriff seize other personal property, and/or place liens on any non-homestead property to satisfy the judgment.



Thank you so much for allowing me to help you with your questions. I have done my best to provide information which will be helpful to you. If I have not fully addressed your questions or if you have any follow up questions, or if I have misinterpreted your questions in any way, please do not rate me yet, but simply ask a follow up question without rating so I can provide you with a fully satisfactory answer. If I have fully answered your question(s) to your satisfaction, I would appreciate you rating my service with 3, 4, or 5 faces/stars so I can receive credit for helping you today. I thank you in advance for taking the time to provide me a positive rating!

Richard and 4 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Thank you so much for the positive rating! I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve you! If I can be of assistance to you in the future, just look me up and I will be happy to help! For easy access, my bookmark is: http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-legalbeacon/

Related Legal Questions