Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I'm an attorney. Please note this site is for general information for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Communicating with an expert on this site does not establish an attorney-client relationship. You might be offered a phone call, but you are under no obligation to accept; the phone call requests don’t come from me - they’re offered by the site - but if you do want a phone call I’d be happy to do that..
In general, for just about any situation where the other party isn't willing to settle/negotiate, the only way to compel that person to pay you money is to have a court to do it - and that requires litigation. Since you have quite a bit that is owed to you, you probably wouldn't want to bring the action in small claims court, simply given the cap on recovery, though. Please let me know if if there's anything you need me to clarify, explain or follow up on - and I'd be happy to do so! If I have answered your question, if you wouldn't mind, could you please take a moment to submit a rating so that I receive credit for working with you. Experts only get credit for the time and effort we spend on our answers if you rate positively - 3 or more stars; 5 stars is definitely appreciated! It DOES NOT cost you anything at all to submit a rating; it just allows me to get credit for helping you. We get notification of our ratings instantly. You CAN still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be a lag between your question and my answer; this is because I'm either not at my computer or helping someone else but I assure you I will ALWAYS come back and answer your question; please do NOT rate negatively because you think I'm not going to come back - this is not like an auto connect-type communication with some companies. We are *real* lawyers and we may be in meetings or on the phone when you next respond so please be patient if you don't get a response in 10 minutes - or even an hour. I WILL come back and answer all of your questions.
-----------Reminder: This site is for general information for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
Many people prove the existence of an agreement - an ORAL contract - quite successfully. There are also claims like UnJust Enrichment for example, and people can frequently recover damages even without a written contract.