A Lawyer's Guide To Collecting Fees From Nonpaying Clients

By Joshua Wurtzel (July 26, 2022, 5:39 PM EDT) — You’ve done the work and sent the bill, but haven’t been paid. What do you do?

This is unfortunately a question that lawyers, from solo practitioners to BigLaw partners, confront all too often. But most lawyers struggle with the answer. And even worse, many end up doing nothing — leaving significant receivables on the table from clients who have the ability to pay.

Struggle no longer. Here, I offer some recommendations on how to deal with a nonpaying client. The article focuses on the law on account stated in New York. These principles and advice are generally applicable in most U.S….

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