For many small business owners, it is quite common to run into difficulties while collecting payments, but matters can become very complicated when customers refuse to pay for the services they received. When this happens, it is best to consult with an experienced attorney who can effectively review the agreed upon terms and will work to get you paid. Recently, a contractor came to the law offices of Roanoke’s Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico after he completed an extensive construction project, but the customers refused to pay after presenting him with a list of grievances relating to the finished product. The man knew that he performed quality work; therefore, he retained attorney Rick Derrico in an effort to recover the funds that were owed to him.
Mr. Derrico began working for his client by reviewing the contract as well as the work that he performed for the disgruntled customer. Under Mr. Derrico’s representation, they filed a lawsuit to recoup his losses. During the proceedings, Derrico presented testimony from qualified material suppliers and another contractor, whose products were utilized to complete the project. These individuals testified the work was done correctly and up to industry standards. As a result, the client prevailed and he was awarded the full amount owed, in addition to being reimbursed for his attorney fees because the original contract included this provision. The client was pleased to finally be compensated for his hard work, which allowed him to continue operating his business, free of unnecessary financial worry.
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