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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Can you tell me what the length of the grace period is?
I have copies of every check received, plus emails inquiring as to why they were late.
Again, I am sorry to hear about your situation. First of all, I want you to know that we cannot send letters, as that would constitute legal representation. A demand letter can typically be obtained from an attorney's office for about $100-$200 (depending on the attorney), and it would be less from a younger solo practitioner, so I would look for that.
Secondly, before you send a demand letter from an attorney, you can send one yourself.
Send a demand letter demanding payment within 30 days, otherwise you will pursue legal action against him, seeking that amount plus any additional damages as allowed by law. Send this letter certified, return receipt requested, as well as a copy sent regular mail. Keep a copy for yourself, as well as the return receipt number so that you can show the court that you made a demand for the unpaid amount.
You can include a copy of the contract showing the acceleration clause (where everything is due now)
Finally, you don't have to go through an attorney to sue this individual. You can sue in small claims court. Do a search on the web for your county and "small claims court." You should find either a website or phone number to the small claims clerk. Ask them what you need to do to bring such a lawsuit. The small claims clerk will give you guidance on how to file this suit and how to get the other party served with notice. You will receive a hearing date, at which you should present your evidence and ask for a judgment for the amount that you should be paid.
Since the amount is under $10,000, then this is something that you can pursue in small claims court, without the need and expense of getting an attorney involved.
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