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I am changing careers and closing my electrical business. I still need to get paid by two

contractors. Contractor A owes aprox...
I am changing careers and closing my electrical business. I still need to get paid by two contractors. Contractor A owes aprox $6000 and does not dispute this but has not paid in the past 18 months. Contractor B still owes apron $20000 but is disputing this. What steps should I take to get paid.
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Welcome! My goal is to do my very best to understand your situation and to provide a full and complete answer for you.

Good morning. If this were me, I would file suit against the contractors to solidify my position against them. Once the suit is filed and a
judgment awarded, you become a judgment creditor and 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 garnish wages, attach bank
accounts, and/or have the sheriff seize other
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Customer reply replied 5 years ago

Thanks for that


I just have a few follow ups


How do I file suit


Find a good attorney


How much will it cost


Will I have to go to court or can my attorney take my place


How long can I expect this will take


 


 

Customer reply replied 5 years ago
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Thanks for that


I just have a few follow ups


How do I file suit


Find a good attorney


How much will it cost


Will I have to go to court or can my attorney take my place


How long can I expect this will take


 


 

You're welcome. I have addressed each of your questions below in bold, underlined, italicized text....

How do I file suit...Because the amounts are in excess of the small claim court limits, you will need to file these in state district court. Although you could do this on your own, you would be well advised to have an attorney file the complaints for you.

Find a good attorney Either the Massachusetts State Bar Association or your nearest law school would be excellent sources of referrals. I would recommend the latter for a recent graduate. These are not complicated cases and thus you don't need a really experienced lawyer who will carry a high billing rate.

How much will it cost You should be able go get these cases filed and handled for a couple thousand dollars.

Will I have to go to court or can my attorney take my place Yes, if the defendants don't pay you before the hearing, you will need to appear at the hearing.

How long can I expect this will take I can't say for sure because it will depend upon the court's docket, but you should be able to get these resolved within a month.

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