I own an automobile restoration shop. A customer failed to pay me $12,000. due on his restoration, and I used a local Title Lien service to file a lien on his car. He posted a Bond with the Clerk of Court and was allowed to take his car and all remaining parts. It appears I have less than 60 days to file suit to claim the Bond or lose my $12,000. I am short of funds to hire a lawyer because I was not paid for this work. :( I can't find any information online about how, or what, to file or I would attempt to file Pro Se. The Title Lien service won't give any advice. Can anyone point me in a direction, cite a sample case I can use, or maybe point me to an attorney who would file for a percentage of the recovered funds? Thanks!
This is not a real estate law question; you might get better responses if you post it in another forum, although I'm not sure which one, perhaps contracts and agreements.
Glad you couldn't find anything to help file "pro se" - that would be a BIG mistake, you are not a lawyer, you'll just get yourself in more trouble. Not sure if you can find a lawyer to take it on for a % (or possibly for free - especially without knowing what sort of DEFENSES (or counterclaims!) your customer might raise (if any)). But you should ask around locally, and see if someone will take it on. if Not, i suggest you bite the bullet and find the funds for lawyer somewhere. if you have a good case, it shouldn't cost too much.
Hope this helps.
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Not likely that you will find a lawyer that will take this on contingency, If your shop is a corporation or LLC you cannot represent it, only a lawyer can represent a corporation or LLC.. If you don't file the suit timely, you will lose the money posted for the Bond. You need a lawyer.
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I have a slightly different take on this: if a bond was posted and you came to see me, I would consider representing you "on the come" because of the bond...particularly if the bond is cash. Certainly someone between Plant City, Tampa and Lakeland can help you out, so look for one.
This is not real estate, so I will try to figure out how to reclassify it.
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