Q: Do you recommend I send a letter expressing my intention with hopes that the will return my HHG without obtaining a lawyer.
A: That is certainly a good idea, though I will caution you that it probably would not work if the company already refuses to comply. On the other hand, it doesn’t hurt. At most, you are losing the cost of postage. So, it is worth a shot.
Q: If I obtain a lawyer can I sue for the company to pay my out pocket expense related to this matter and the cost for legal assistance?
A: That would be a matter governed by the contract. If the contract states that the losing party must pay the attorney’s fees for the winning party, then you can certainly ask the judge to award attorney’s fees. If the contract does not have such a provision, then most likely you’ll have to pay your attorney’s fees yourself.
Q: What happens if they return my goods prior to the case going to court, will I still be able to have the company cover my legal cost?
A: If you sue, and if the contract provides that you are entitled to attorney’s fees, then you can indeed still recover those fees and court.
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