Q: Freelance client is months behind payments and requiring digital account access prior to paying. What are my rights?
After six months trying to arrange a payment schedule as promised by client, the client requested more work prior to pay. I declined and offered a payment schedule. Point person misunderstood and responded by dissolving business relationship and demanding digital web/email account access immediately prior to any payment.
A: Do you have a written contract with the client? If so, you should examine the terms of any default provisions. If you do not have a contract, it is a trickier situation and you probably have the right to terminate the contract without further liability to the client. However, you need to examine state law. If you do not have written contracts with your clients you should consider getting one immediately.
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