So, you’re a business owner and you have a dispute, and someone won’t pay you on a contract. You
delivered the goods, and they won’t pay you on a statement of account. You have some type of a lien. What do you do?
The first thing you want to do is try to resolve it yourself before you pay a lawyer because you want to put as much
money in your pocket as you can. And you want to paper things; you want to email, you want to write. You never want to
write a letter that you won’t want to make an exhibit later, so don’t write when you’re mad or you’re aggravated that
you haven’t been justly paid. Write a measured letter. Let it sit for a day. Paper it for a while. Make your demands.
Make sure your contract say that you get interest if they don’t pay, that you get attorney’s fees in cost in your
contracts or your invoices if they don’t pay you. That way if you’re ever forced to sue later – which you don’t want to
do – you don’t want lose money and then have to hire a lawyer like me, but make sure your contract say, try to resolve
it on your own, but if you can’t and if you do come see us, we’ll write letters for you, we’ll try to settle it. We’ll
set up the claim so that the defendant knows clearly that you’ve done your best to settle the claim, shorter litigation,
and they’re going to be responsible for any further costs, fees or interests.
If it’s an insurance company that’s doing that, you do the same thing. You paper your file. Make sure you file the
proof of claim. Make sure you do those things so that the insurance company knows that they’re going to
be responsible for my attorney’s fees and costs down the road. Make sure you talk to and make sure you’re cognizant of
the budget you want to have in the litigation, what it’s going to cost to get to trial. Ask any lawyer that. You can ask
We try to efficiently get cases to trial. We don’t do work we don’t need to. We’re not going to turn a file or do
research memos that we don’t need to do or look through piles of paper that aren’t relevant or get ready for a
deposition three times before we actually take it. So, we’re trial lawyers at Burger Law. We’re in court and trial all
the time. We have a lot of business. We represent a lot of folks. But if you need your questions asked and need a good
trial lawyer to put some teeth into your letters to get a good recovery for your business, call us at (314)
542-2222. Email me at [email protected]. Visit our website www.burgerlaw.com. Visit us on Facebook.
You can google us. Thanks.
Founder | Injury Attorney
Gary Burger has dedicated his career to standing up against bullies. The founder and principal attorney of Burger Law has helped hundreds of Missouri and Illinois individuals and families recover th …
Years of experience: 30 years
Location: St. Louis, MO
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