[APG Public List] client who ignores billing

Rosalie Schack historyhunter at q.com
Sun Feb 21 19:07:47 MST 2010


I had a client who did not send her payment, due upon receipt of the bill I sent. Each month I sent another bill, saying it was past due. After six months, when I was trying to decide if it was worth pursuing, she sent payment, with no explanation as to why it was late. The next year she wanted me to do more work for her. I told her I required payment up front, and I did not hear from her again. But I would definitely suggest sending another bill and waiting a reasonable amount of time, say 30 days, for that to be paid before you decide if you want to consult a lawyer. 



Rosalie Eben Schack, CG
Owatonna, Minnesota


From: Thehensons at aol.com
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:02:05 -0500
To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Subject: [APG Public List] client who ignores billing

Any thoughts from your experiences with a client who has ignored my billing?
History:  I received a $100.00 retainer in late October after meeting with a client to do genealogical work.  After using up the retainer, I called the client to see how many hours he would allow.  He said "40 hours" to me over the phone.  
I completed the work,spending 24 hours, plus copies and postage.  In late December I sent him a bill and two large priority packages.  I haven't received anything from him. 
Should I call him or write him a letter?   Or, hire a lawyer!  By the way, I have two items that belong to him:  (1) a family history written in 1943 and (2) a master's thesis written by a family member in the 1970's.
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