Client won’t pay, my final resort(

over 10 years ago from Mr Fannybatter, Doer

  • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 10 years ago (edited over 10 years ago )

    You can get sued for pulling a stunt like this, because it is an outright threat to defame the client. A MUCH better solution, is to do what every other professional does, and hire an aggressive collector.

    I don't get why web developers/designers don't consider this as an option, and instead resort to juvenile grandstanding that opens them up for legal exposure.

    5 points
    • Ben LeeBen Lee, over 10 years ago

      Why spend money on a collector, when a stunt like this can work wonders? Chances are: if a client is unwilling to pay a small invoice, what's their willingness to hire a lawyer and pursue a defamation suit that they probably won't win? Not high.

      1 point
    • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 10 years ago

      To expand, I had to do this once when I owned a small agency. I had written into my contract that after 60 days overdue, the bill would be sent to collections, and the client would have to pay the bill, plus the overdue fee, plus the collector's fee (usually 20-30% of the invoice, depending on how large the arrears are, and the "staleness" of the debt).

      Within 3 days, I received phone calls from the client begging me to call the collectors off, because they had a PI tail him to a business meeting and confront him there. Two days later, I was paid in full, including all fees.

      1 point