I am seeking councel for representation against a former local business who has attempted to move their business out of state and change legal business name to avoid payment to myself as well as many others and vendors.
I have documentation, emails, text messages as well as witness statements.
The owner of the business asked for me via email to be patient with substantial amount of money owed to me and that she would get it to me however once they moved out of state, she told me that the business is now closed and they do not owe anything.
Use the Find a Lawyer link on the Avvo website to find a competent attorney in your area. You can serve the daughter personally, but you can also serve the out of state owner by certified mail
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As you are aware, the law does not work that way. If the company had an obligation to others, if it was inadequately funded and did not deal with its debts prior to closing, then the owners would be liable.
It is not clear from your post what type of business entity (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.) you were dealing with. It is also not clear whether you are asking if you can serve the daughter as an individual, on behalf of the business entity or whether you want to effect service on the mother through her daughter. These procedural issues should not be considered in a vacuum. You need to be thinking ahead to how you would collect on a judgment assuming you were to obtain one against either or both of them. There are too many moving parts here and to many unknowns to provide an answer here. You need to contact an attorney to discuss these issues, and to develop a strategy designed to maximize your recovery and minimize the time and cost of obtaining that recovery.
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