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Borrowed money to someone and they haven't paid me back

Des Plaines, IL |

I borrowed a friend 5 grand with no written agreement other then messages sent between each other with her agreeing that she will pay me back...But, with not set time in mind. Can I sue?

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  1. Send a written demand for payment. If she refuses to pay or engage in some repayment schedule advise that the next step is small claims court. Then, if needed, make good on your threat and sue her in small claims court.

    A loan does not necessarily require a writing.

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  2. A demand letter from a lawyer is usually a cost-effective option. Ultimately you can sue in small claims court if she refuses to pay.

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