How to get paid for services under a contract?

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How to get paid for services under a contract?

I have a small business in TX and I provide lot cleaning and lawn service to a business; the company is out of state. They will not pay my invoices; they said that there has been a drought in TX and the lawn was dead but my company has mowed it for 3 months; they will not pay the invoices until the lawn service dispute is resolved (and we are still are not getting paid for the lot cleaning). I am under contract for the next 5 months. How do I get paid or what is my next step to get paid?

Asked on September 7, 2011 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have an agreement for lot cleaning and lawn service for a specific business and are not getting paid, you need to send it one final invoice setting forth the amount owed requesting payment by a certain date. If you are not paid by the stated date, then your recourse is to either turn over the accounts receivable to collections or bring your own lawsuit for monies owed.

Depending upon the amount owed, you could file in small claims court or in the superior court in the county of Texas where the work has been done but not paid for.

To assist you on your invoices for possible paymant, you should place on them that a 1.5 % monthly finance charge (18% per annum total) will be assessed upon all unpaid invoices not paid within twenty (20) days.

Good luck.


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