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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note:This is general information and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.I am sorry to hear about this situation. What someone in your situation may wish to do is to sue in small claim court. See HERE. Even though they may be in another state if they contracted with a person from VA, then VA holds jurisdiction under Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-328.1, arguably. This makes it impractical for the Defendant to show up in VA, and possibly may actually help to push them into a settlement.Once there is a judgment, then the judgment may be domesticated in Massachusetts for enforcement such as attachment of non-exempt business assets towards the judgment. Legal/attorney fees are often also included in the Court's rulings.I hope this helps and clarifies. Gentle Reminder: Use the SEND or REPLY button to keep chatting, or please RATE when finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating. Kindly rate my answer as one of TOP THREE FACES/STARS and then SUBMIT, as this is how I get credit for my time with you. Rating my answer the bottom two faces/stars or failing to submit the rating does not give me credit and reflects poorly on me, even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith by rating me positively.
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