Lake Worth, FL asked in Collections and Small Claims for Florida

Q: I did some work on a yacht ($300) and found out the owner sold it and never paid me. What can I do? Is it even worth it?

I found out Friday afternoon the owner had an offer on his boat and was closing the following Monday. I told the yacht broker about the situation and he said to email him the invoice ($300) and he would take care of it at the closing. Of course he never did. Is there anything I can do? Is it even worth it? Thanks! ... Also can I file a complaint against the yacht broker?

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
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  • Collections Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You may sue whomever you did the work for in small claims court, and you could first try sending a demand letter stating you will file in small claims court if not paid. Whether it's worth your time is a question only for yourself to answer. You'd have to find out from the Clerk's Office how to file (which should be available on-line), then file and pay the court costs (which you would be awarded if you prevail), then appear for a pretrial conference at the same time as dozens of other litigants, so that could be a good couple hours, then the judge will probably order you to appear for a mediation, at which you and the defendant speak to a mediator in an attempt to work it out, then if not settled, appear later for your trial before the judge (appearances being on-line if still during the Covid closure period). Also, if whomever you did the work for happens to be a corporation or LLC, rather than a person, you'd have to find out the name of that entity and find the name of that entity's Registered Agent (who gets served the papers) on www.sunbiz.org.

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