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- From: Bill Allen <ballense(--nospam--at)concentric.net>
- Date: Sat, 25 Jan 1997 10:31:01 -0800
Would it be a valuable service to its membership if SEAOC maintained a database of dead beat clients? It would not be necessary to investigate or follow-up on complaints and SEAOC can provide disclaimers to that effect, but if there was something that we could research before we contracted with a new client, we could read reports (complaints) about potential clients, may even contact the claimant and discuss the situation. Last year, I became involved in a project which included approximately 16-18 consultants (Structural and Electrical). The client was not paying and we started having a dialog between ourselves about the issue. At that point, we were not competitors but colleagues working together for a common goal (which is the way is should be). One of the options that this situation afforded us is that, my atty was more interested in processing a law suit if we all got together and filed a single suit than 16 or 18 individual efforts. There are some clients that, when they are mis-managing their cash flow, will hire a new consultant because he is behind in payments to his old one. I think we should be aware of these situations. If that old consultant created a database entry that said something to the effect "ABC Architects is over 90 days", the new consultant would be better informed when contracting with ABC Architects.
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