What do you do when you haven’t been paid for your service?

I haven’t been paid in 4 months for my service for a major tv network. I recieved the job through a marketing agent and gave him an invoice, did the event, but was not paid. I have tried to contact him but he has been ignoring me. What is my next plan of action?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Business Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

When someone doesn't pay you for work you did or services rendered, your recourse is to sue for the money you are owed. For smaller amounts, sue in small claims court, acting as your own attorney; for larger amounts, retain an attorney. You would need to prove in court, by a preponderance of the evidence (that is, that it is "more likely than not") that there was an agreement that you would do certain work for an agreed-upon rate or pay and that you did the work; you could use your own or other people's testimony, emails, text messges, contracts or agreements, invoices, time sheets, etc.


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