Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Washington

Q: Can it be construed as threatening to tell someone if they do not pay you what they owe you you will take them to court?

Basically my old boss owes me decent amount of money. He has no intention of paying it. I don’t want to have to go through the legal process.

If I were to sit down with him and basically tell him

“So you owe xxxx. You know you do. I know you do. I don’t want to have to make this a legal thing but if you refuse to pay me I’ll have no other choice but to go to court. Then we both go through a long legal process and you still pay me anyways.”

1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Threatening to take someone to court if they do not pay a legitimate debt is legal.

Threatening someone with violence if they do not pay a debt is NOT legal.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

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