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I have small business in Longview, TX. What course of action,

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I have small business in Longview, TX. What course of action, if any, do I have when I provide a service and the customer never pays me. We bill the customer every 30 days, and give them a polite phone call after 90 days. After 1 year I simply quit trying to collect. I was wondering if I have any other options?

Chris T., JD :

Hello. I'll be assisting you with your question.

Chris T., JD :

Do you have contracts with these companies?

Customer:

I own a pest control company. Customer calls us to get quote, We give them a price, they agree and book an appointment. We go to there house provide the service and leave a bill. We mail bills every 30 days and call them after 90 days if not paid. Customer does not sign bill when we do the appointment, but I will make them from this point on.

Chris T., JD :

OK. You can still sue them for breach of contract since the value of the service is less than $500.

Chris T., JD :

Your legal option is to bring suit in small claims court.

Customer:

yes most services are less then $500

Customer:

ok

Chris T., JD :

Right. Essentially, as long as a contract is worth less than $500, then a verbal contract is acceptable and can be the basis of a lawsuit.

Chris T., JD :

Are most of your customers in Gregg County?

Customer:

Gregg, Panola, Harrison... Greater Longview(City) Area

Chris T., JD :

You will have to bring suit in the counties where those defendants live.

Customer:

ok

Chris T., JD :

You could hire a lawyer to do it for a percentage of the recovery, or you could do it yourself.

Customer:

ok thanks for your help, I will look into going to small claims court

Chris T., JD :

Dallas County provides a good step by step guide on how to file in JP court, here.

Customer:

awesome

Chris T., JD :

Here are the Gregg County JP websites:

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