DDo i have to give back a custom cabinet deposit?
2 attorney answers
You could file for a criminal warrant for theft but the judge may consider this a civil dispute and deny the warrant. You can also file a lawsuit in Magistrate Court but that process can take 70-80 days and may cost you about $120. So, as a practical matter, you may decide to refund the deposit and get your tools back. And, in the future, not leave any tools on a customer's premises. Also, for any amount in excess of $500 or for a contract that you may use with all of your customers, I advise that you always have a written contract drafted by a lawyer in order to protect yourself. Best wishes.
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