I would write out your estimation of your hours and the agreed upon amount in a letter asking for your compensation within a set period of time and send it via certified mail. If you do not receive the check in the time allotted, I would send another certified letter explaining that since he has not paid for the services rendered you have no alternative but to consult legal counsel. Though I think a lawyer is too pricey for the amount in question, you can take him to Small Claims Court (usually limited to claims <$2500). If you have your documentation together, you will probably win (assuming he lets it go this far; he may decide to settle out of court after the second letter). Be committed to carry it all the way just in case he gets stubborn. My 2 cents, Norman www.craftedsolutions.com <tip> Get it in writing! </tip> ----- Original Message ----- From: aphelan (Andrea Phelan) <aphelan at confederationc.on.ca> To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org> Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 3:40 PM Subject: [thelist] Contract Advice > From July to September I did some contract work for what is one of the > biggest web development firm in a rather small town. Their standards were > low, so as I am used to working to a much higher expectation, they recieved > exemplary work for their money. > I was working for the company as a favor to the owner, as he had been > requesting my assistance persistently and was really in a bind. I agreed @ > $30/h on a per hour basis, not an assumption of project completion. This was > settled, and I got to work on two projects. > Unfortunately, silly, silly me did not get the contract in writing. I was > extremely busy working 4 jobs and plum forgot (no excuses of course, i was > an ass). > In any case, due to my insane schedule I was forced to pass the last project > on very close to completion. > On the same day my old computer crashed to a final death, taking my time > sheets with it. > Now here's the thing. The company had unwisely assumed that each project > would take about 10 hours work. In fact, it took more than twice that long, > totalling 48 hours. However I have no paper proof of this. When I resigned I > explained this and he told me it would not be a problem, simply estimate my > hours as accurately as i could and he would pay me accordingly. > 2 months went by and I saw no money. I contacted the company again and he > told me no, sorry, in order to get paid I would have to produce timesheets. > I replied explaining the situation, reminding him of our agreement, and > proposing that we sit down and work out something that is acceptable to both > parties. The cost of two websites summing for him $1400 is not disagreeable > in my estimation, I regularily charge more than twice that for just one > project. > He did not reply, and I sent him a pleseant 'reminder' e-mail in case my > message had gotten lost due to a hectic schedule. Still no reply. I > contacted a close friend in the company to verify that the owner was indeed > in town. He was, so I called and left a voicemail. > Still no reply. To date, he will not speak with me. > What should I do now? > > --------------------------------------- > For unsubscribe and other options, including > the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: > http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !