The Bad Client
The Bad Client
and 100% full time attention to their needs is grounds for non payment.
The typical scenario goes like this:
1. I send my documents over for final review
2. The client points out that I made a mistake (no matter how small) and that they are firing me and not paying me. No pre-conversation discussing this mistake. No, "hey lets do better". Just the axe.
The obvious timing of this move (my product being delivered), associated with the fact that the architects documents that I'm following are no way NEAR perfect, yet they are still happily
marching along with the owner, make it that much worse.
So I am in a spot where I have to admit, that yes, I made that mistake, and No, that does not mean you get a 75% discount off of the job invoice.
Before I get the lecture of "own up to your mistakes" I will point out that I do own up to my mistakes and I do pay for insurance, which is significant. I am not God, and I do make mistakes.
The client I am speaking about is starting the job with this "business" move in mind.......and up until now, I have not been able to identify who it is who will be doing this. It is basically theft hiding under the guise of "well you messed up my favorite (insert part of the job here).....".
From what I can see is that their jobs go over budget, and they need to make a cut, and low and behold, here is some poor engineering shmuck with insurance who made a mistake (no matter how insignificant), and whose invoice is about the same as it would cost to litigate me. Lets start there.
How do you combat this legally? Can you combat it legally? Anyone have a similar experience beating this.