Q: Can I collect fees associated with my small claim against a person I contracted for and will not pay documented amount?
I delivered a package for a gentleman I just started working with. We didn't have a contract, but I have many text messages documenting the time worked, receipts, and him saying he will pay me a specific amount.
A: Yes you can. Contacts can be formed via oral agreements, text messages, performance (action), and written agreement. Be aware that you have to prove that an agreement was formed. Based on your facts the text messages should prove this, but also collect any receipts or other evidence that you delivered the package. Lastly, to make the text messages are admissible, take pictures or screen dumps of the text message(s)--the court will not look at your phone or tablet.
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