Bradford, TN asked in Contracts for Tennessee

Q: Do Do I need a lawyer to sue a person that owes me money for labor I did for them?

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Jeff Germany
Jeff Germany
  • Memphis, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: If you are an individual you can represent yourself in an action to recover the money you are owed for labor performed. If you performed the work on behalf of a legal entity (corporation, LLC, etc.) you will likely not be allowed to represent your entity (pro se/without a lawyer) because you will be representing a client without a license. I have, however, seen some courts in Tennessee that allowed an owner to act on behalf of his entity in his/her capacity as an officer of the entity. Although you can serve as your own lawyer, you may find yourself at a disadvantage (depending upon the facts of your dispute) especially if the party you are suing is represented by an experienced attorney.

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