I have outstanding money from an individual. He refuses to pay. All i have is emails as proof of the amounts owed. What can i do?

I have given an individual an amount for an investment and was promised a return as from March 2018, which I have not yet received. He also took a contract on my name which he had agreed to pay but no payment was made. There are also small loans and cellphones in his possession. I only have emails. Requested documents have not been sent to me

Asked on September 6, 2018 under Business Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You sue him: a lawsuit is how you get money from someone who owes you but does not pay. You would sue him for "breach of contract": that is, for violating his agreement to pay. You would have to show in court, whether by documentation and/or by credible (believable) testimony (i.e. your in-court testimony) that there was an agreement between the two of you, that you did what you were supposed to (e.g. paid), and that he has not done his part (e.g. given you a return or share of proceeds, or reimbursed you for the contract). If the amount is less than the limit for small claims court, suing in small claims, as your own attorney or "pro se," is a cost-effective, fast option.


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