The one time I got truly burned, the client owned nothing on his own name. I engaged a collection agency, but after a bit of research they told me he's untouchable. I had to eat the sh|t sandwich, a $5k meal.
I engaged a collection agency, but after a bit of research they told me he's untouchable
Sounds like a loop-hole that needs closing.
I mean; if the word gets out, all of the dirt-bags will be doing it!
The one time I lost after winning in small claims court was because the jerk died.
I did get the satisfaction of overturning his desk onto his lap at his office though.
Another time I thought I might never collect, but I was counseled to file an Abstract of Judgement which put a lien on everything he owned in the County. Sure enough he needed to refinance his house and my lien was top of the list. The measly $270 he owed me originally was repaid with 10% interest and all costs to the tune of $1200 after almost nine years.
There are people who learn exactly how to work the system and then do so repeatedly. Having np real estate on their own name is one. Having no checking or saving account is another. Having no employer is to their advantage. One that got me was the inability to touch certain income. In my case, both husband and wife were on full disability and I couldn't touch it.
Watch out for LLC and speculator clients. They can be trouble.
I attended the mediation hearing today and it was insane. The client produced a bunch of photographs showing the edge of the pavement wanting to know why the corner was set so far back.
According to other documents he produced, including a copy of the assessor map and a mortgage loan inspection, he owns to the road. It was too confusing to explain how "the road", meaning the pavement is not boundary. The pavement is not as wide as the right-of-way, and that the pavement is not in the center of the right-of-way.
Before I left, I told everyone that mediation would work better if he hired another surveyor to check his boundary and then the two surveyors could compare notes. Other than that it is obvious that nobody in the room understands anything about surveying.