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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:05 AM   #1
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Attorney didn't pay for my per-job project; reasonable time?

Hi,

I'm a work-from-home paralegal. I offer a per-job arrangement: you send me the issue, I'll send you the work and bill you for my time. I advertise online. An attorney contacted me, we talked on the phone, he explained the situation in depth and I performed the work - rush project, and I did it in a day.

I called a few hours after emailing him the work and told him it was done. He sounded excited that I got the work in quickly. I billed him over email at the same time that I sent the project. I don't know if he checked his email (But he obviously knew it was done).

When is it reasonable for him to pay? What should I do if I don't get a payment by Monday?

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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:15 AM   #2
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Did you discuss billing and payment with this attorney in addition to the work?
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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:43 AM   #3
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My ad said my terms: payment on delivery. I said it orally, too.
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Old 3rd November 2007, 12:49 AM   #4
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Oh,

So I suppose there is a wire transfer type arrangement.

If I were you I might follow up on Monday with a call and have a confirmation also emailed to you.

If the work was turned in today then they might also need time to proof it and make sure they have all that they need.
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Old 24th November 2007, 3:25 PM   #5
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It seems like a stupid question, and maybe it is -- after all, most lawyers are completely overworked. Having been through law school and in the working world a little bit, I should know.
Having been through "law school" (!) you should know the answer to this question.
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Old 24th November 2007, 3:27 PM   #6
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Common sense dictates that he will either pay or not, within whatever time frame works best for him. If he never pays, you know what to do, don't you?
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Old 24th November 2007, 4:16 PM   #7
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My attorney just sends me the bill, which is nothing but a paper stating the service and the amount I owe him with his signature (I am the client). Then I send him a check. Can you do this? Mail the bill to his address? That's what attorneys do so they are used to it. I wouldn't worry about him NOT paying you. He will, just call him and ask him if he wants you to mail it to him.
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