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Awkward situation..... need suggestions!

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Recently, I painted all the windows, doors, and garage door for my best friends mom! I gave her the estimate and she accepted all the terms. On the day that I finished the job, she owed me $2100.00 and paid me $1600.00 of it and asked if she could send me a check for the balance in 2 weeks.
The 2 week check deadline was the 7th of June, and I still have not received anything.
I did send her a friendly reminder last Wednesday just to touch base just in case she forgot. This is one of those situations we all hate because as we all know business is business, but friends and business are a whole other deal!

Any suggestions would help greatly!

Thanks!!!!! Jeff
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Interesting you all (replies) feel she needs more time to pay or doesn't have the money
I automatically thought she feels that's what she should pay and is hoping that Jeff will "forget" the rest

Normally Jeff, if this were a regular customer, I'd suggest starting the lien process
An "Intent To Lien" letter can sometimes loosen up the purse strings
And in most states you have a limited window of opportunity to send it

But as this is your best friend's mom, and I'm assuming there's no signed contract, count the money as tuition paid to the School of Real Life, and don't ever work w/o a signed contract again

I'd also strongly suggest a NoFriends/NoFamily rule least, don't ever do any work for Fam/Frnds that you can't "eat" (not get paid)
It might work out OK a few times, but it'll bite you at some point
...and the villagers rejoiced

VILLAGERS (all) : Hooray!!!
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