I've completed a project for a client in NY. They're refusing to pay the amount owed. They're trying to change the amount after the work was completed and submitted. They actually already received a friends/family discount in the invoice as well. The project involved way more work than anticipated. They kept pushing. No one mentioned anything about budget caps during the course of the project.
There is no formal binding contract. I naively assumed that since this engagement was through what was then a presumably trusted acquaintance and because the project was proposed as extremely urgent, we needed to hit the ground running immediately and engage; But there are digital transcripts reflecting that we agreed on a specific amount as well as other logs proving the work was being completed and acknowledgement from the client.
It would be great if pros in this space could offer some advice.
1 Answer from Attorneys
The good news is that one does not need a proper contract to assert one's rights (though a good contract helps!). So generally speaking, your claim is good irrespective of the fact that there is no written contract per say.
The appropriate course of action depends on the amount owed and the type of work you performed. Contact me directly and we can discuss what options are available.
Roman R. Fichman, Esq.
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