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It isn't illegal for them to require you to travel to their office nor is it illegal for them to ask you to sign a backdated agreement. However, they can't force you to do so and it would be very unwise for you to sign anything without having your own personal attorney look over the document.
The ONLY way to get your money if they don't voluntarily pay you is to file a lawsuit either by yourself in small claims court or by hiring a lawyer. If you do hire a lawyer you can also sue for the attorney's fees.
While I understand you may not "really be able to afford an attorney" you could be just giving up on recovering this money without one. In addition, you need to have your own contract drafted and available for similar situations in the future.
NY is actually a relatively friendly place for people to file a lawsuit and represent themselves, their website is at http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/civil/represent.shtml
There is also a website at www.LessonsInLaw.com which provides information for people representing themselves. They also have some inexpensive books for sale on different aspects of a lawsuit.
Thank you very much. So, do you mean that a lawyer could be willing to work on the case and in case we win the case the other side would cover the xpenses?
Do you by any chance have a similar web site for NJ in case I also sue in New jersey?
Kind of. Likely the lawyer will ask you to pay some amount up front and then the rest of the fee can be collected from the other side as well as reimbursement for what you paid the lawyer.
Did you have additional questions?
oh, sorry. no thanks
Was just wondering if could also sue in NJ
becasue the other producer lives in NJ
should I sue them for equal amounts of money or break it up to match the entire fee owed to me
Yes, you can sue where one of them lives. The NJ court website is at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/prose/
Sue each of them for the full amount owed to you and let the court sort out who owes what share.
appreciate your advice
You're very welcome. Anything else before I exit to help others?