Problem with non paying client who moves out of country

8 months 3 weeks ago #671429 by Cathy Kadolph
I have a contract in place, work has started however the client has  moved to Europe without paying what is owed to me.  I have attempted to collect for over 3 months and now they have stopped responding to me all together now.  

Matter of fact the email address I had, is no longer working.  My last email bounced back. 

Is there any options to get what is owed if client is no longer in the states? 

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8 months 3 weeks ago #671434 by Nikon Shooter
That is a situation where it is better to learn from it
and adjust your business practices and move on.

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8 months 3 weeks ago #671450 by Cathy Kadolph
That's the thing, I don't believe I have done anything wrong.  I didn't deliver anything to them, I received partial retainer, and I partially started the work.  Then they took off with out any notice to me.  

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8 months 3 weeks ago #671456 by Nikon Shooter
I know, Cathy but if you are in that situation…

Maybe you could ask for a higher down payment or maybe
life went some other way he/she could not control.

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8 months 3 weeks ago #671465 by fmw
The retainer is yours.  The only issue taxes.  Shrug your shoulders and move on.  It happens in all businesses.


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8 months 3 weeks ago #671473 by effron
You can be 100% right and still get beat for your money/time....Like said already, learn from it.

Why so serious?
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8 months 3 weeks ago #671480 by garyrhook
+1: you have no recourse.

Unless there was an agreement to invoice the customer and get paid net-90 or some such, you might want to consider taking full payment up front, before work begins. As it stands, consider it a learning opportunity and move one.

Sucks, yes.


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8 months 2 weeks ago #671771 by EOS Man
Oh man, sorry about your luck.  Sounds like this will become one of those very unfortunate life lessons.  

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8 months 2 weeks ago #672132 by Kenta
Very unfortunate.  I don't think there is much you could have done here.  


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