North Tonawanda, NY asked in Criminal Law and Contracts for New York

Q: Is small claims court worth it and can i press charges for fraud?

I have a hand written contract signed by myself and the other party. The contract states I made a down payment of $2300 for concrete work on my property. The check was cashed and in the memo it states it's for a concrete patio. That was in may and no work has been done. I just keep getting excuses and now I'm getting no response at all. What can i do? Is small claims court worth it? will I be able to get my money back? do I have grounds to press charges for fraud? I don't know what to do.

Edit: I ask if small claims is worth it because I've heard that it can be extremely difficult to get a payment since the court dose not directly enfore them.

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Gary Lane
Gary Lane
  • Irvine, CA
  • Licensed in New York

A: How much cash are you out? If it is within the limits of small claims court, it would make sense to sue that way, YES.

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