I'm a freelancer. I built a website and managed an amazon store for 1 NJ business man. He would always postpone the payment and now he is not responding to me at all. We did not have any written contracts only verbal. I do however have emails and text messages from him related to the tasks performed. Is there a legal way for me to get paid for the tasks I performed?
Please let me know.
2 Answers from Attorneys
If you performed the work and were not paid for it of course you have a legal claim irrespective of whether you entered into a written agreement. Without a written agreement it just makes it harder to prove out what is owed for example.
If the amount if not much more than 3K your best bet will likely be in the small claims court. You can also have a lawyer send a written demand for payment on your behalf.
Before you take any action, I suggest that you consult with a lawyer in private and discuss your best course of action in more detail. You can start by calling around to several for a free phone consultation, get some insights then pick the best fit to work with.
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