Legal Question in Business Law in California


I have a client who I have performed online advertising services on a monthly basis since November 2012. They have not paid the last 2 monthly bills (worth $1200) which are payment for services already completed. The client says they have no money nor a credit card; I extended them a courtesy of weekly payments of $25. It has been two weeks and they have not even done that.

What should be my next steps? Small claims court? And if so, what do I need prepared? Also, if they truly have no money, will a court order really do anything?

I would love any advice on how to proceed. Thanks in advance!

Asked on 7/11/13, 12:38 pm

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Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law
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There are several good paperback self-help law books on how to sue and defend in Small Claims Court. Be sure to get one that is meant for California. As you'll see, a good portion of these books is necessarily devoted to how to collect your judgment, if and when you win. As the old saying goes, "You can't get blood out of a turnip!"

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Answered on 7/11/13, 3:20 pm
Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach
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I agree with Mr. Whipple. When people want to use small claims, I always suggest that they speak to a small claims advisor if one is available at their nearest court house, and I suggest Nolo Press books on small claims that are usually available in County Law and some local public libraries.

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Answered on 7/18/13, 1:53 pm

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