Have you had to sue a client for non payment?

8 months 2 weeks ago #663249 by Frost Photography
A good friend of mine did a corporate retreat 6 months ago.  The client apparently stiffed him on the final payment, which also represented about 80% of the job.  He’s going through courts now and it’s a drag from what I’m hearing.  More reason to get paid in FULL before you start!  

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8 months 2 weeks ago #663286 by garyrhook

Frost Photography wrote: A good friend of mine did a corporate retreat 6 months ago.  The client apparently stiffed him on the final payment, which also represented about 80% of the job.  He’s going through courts now and it’s a drag from what I’m hearing.  More reason to get paid in FULL before you start!  


Corporate engagements don't always work that way. They can be net-30, or even net-90. One doesn't always have the luxury of getting paid before delivering the product.

Assuming a valid, signed contract, they'll lose in court. But your friend will still have to collect.

Hope it works out for them.


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8 months 2 weeks ago #663290 by icepics
I was thinking the same thing, that corporate/business/advertising etc. work is billed differently. I don't think it's unusual to not have full payment in 6 months. Might depend on the contract.

I would suggest professional resources; try pro photographers organizations like asmp.org or PPA.

Sharon
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8 months 2 weeks ago #663305 by Kenta
Thank goodness no!


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8 months 2 weeks ago #663319 by effron
I nearly had a client sue me once, a few decades ago. I wouldn't release their wedding package until I got paid and they weren't happy. They came to their collective senses in time....

Why so serious?
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8 months 2 weeks ago #663439 by Andy Gladwell
Man, thank god no.  


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8 months 2 weeks ago #663538 by Moe
I’m happy to say no


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8 months 2 weeks ago #663609 by Pettigrew
I've had a slow pay a few years ago, luckily he did pay and it kept me from having to pursue further actions.  I know another photographer who didn't get paid, then he found out that going after the person would have cost more than what was actually owed.  

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8 months 1 week ago #663692 by Pete Franko
My neighbor is going through a law suit right now.  What a PITA that whole ordeal is.


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