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Dear Mr. Wu:

There are many issues here that need to be considered. What is the nature of
the dispute? Does the client have a valid claim?

What was the contractural arrangement? Fixed fee, hourly, not to exceed? Did
you have a signed contract or a verbal agreement?

Did the fee exceed the client's expectations? Did you make clear to the client
what you would provide and what fee to expect? Did you meet the client's
schedule? Did you discuss additional fee for changes in scope? Did the client
get value for his fee?

Can a compromise be reached? Would the client be willing to pay a reduced fee?
Do you have an ongoing relationship with this client or is he a one timer?

Is your time better spent earning other fees or going after this unpaid bill?
What will be the cost to you to try to collect this bill? Would a court clearly
rule in your favor? Does the client have any money to pay you?

The last thing that you want to do is let it deteriorate into a grudge match.
After you have considered all the above options then you may consider the
options that Jie Lu has outlined below.

Jim Kestner, P.E.
Green Bay, Wi.

Jie Lu wrote:

> Dear Mr. Wu:
> I would check out what is the reason your client did not want to pay first.
> If you provided good and decent engineering services to your client and his
> reason of payment refusal is not justified, you may consider to put lien on
> the property of the project you worked on. Continue the effort to negotiate
> with your client. If he is really being unreasonable, you may resort to the
> small claim court, since you wouldn't care the future projects he might
> bring to you.
> Good Luck!
> Jie
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Vincenzo Valerio [mailto:enmar(--nospam--at)]
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 1999 9:13 AM
> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> > Subject: RE: Payment Collection
> >
> >
> > Dear Mr. Wu:
> > This is the eternal problem we have in our profession.
> > Assuming you can get your design back, What will you do with it?
> > Can you sell it to anybody else?
> > Ing. Vincenzo Valerio
> > ******************************************************
> > Enmar Representaciones y Asesorias, C.A.
> > Caracas, Venezuela.
> > Tel: 58-2-238-5253 ; Fax: 58-2-237-1101
> > E-mail: enmar(--nospam--at)
> > ******************************************************
> > -----Original Message-----
> > De: qwu1(--nospam--at) <qwu1(--nospam--at)>
> > Para: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
> > Fecha: Martes 26 de Enero de 1999 10:50 AM
> > Asunto: Payment Collection
> >
> >
> > >Dear Mr./Mrs.,
> > >
> > >I have a problem and would like to get your advice.
> > >
> > >I finished a project and sent an invoice to the client. One
> > month later, I
> > called the client, asked for the payment, but the
> > >client did not want to pay. In this case, I would like to withdraw my
> > design.
> > >
> > >Could anybody tell me how I do that? Where and who I should contact? How
> > could I officially withdraw my design ? The project
> > >has not been under construction yet. Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Quick Wu
> > >
> > >