What to do if I did cleaning work for someone and they owe me $180?

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What to do if I did cleaning work for someone and they owe me $180?

She gave me cleaning supplies but since she refuses to pay me, I have not returned her supplies. She filed a report with the local police saying that I, “stole” the items. She will not give me a correct address so that I can file a civil case against her. She even gave the investigating officer fase information. What can I legally do to get her correct information so that I can get paid?

Asked on January 28, 2014 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Just because someone owes you money does not give you the right to take or unlawfully possess the other person's property.  If you can not personally serve her at a known address, most states have rules of court that allow for alternative forms of service, such as service by publication.  Go down to your local justice court and request a copy of the civil rules for your jurisdiction, particularly with respect to service of process.  If she owns real property, you can also try the county assessor's office.


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