Help! Legal issue oweing money one a filly!
OKay so to make a long story short i have been working for a trainer for two years now seven days a week. Well about three month ago she quit paying me saying she was having 'money problems'. So she owes me for three months of work. Which is over $1800. Well i just purchased a weanling from her for 3k. I have given her the first $1500 and am suppose to give the other half after this filly is registered. What i am struggling with is she owes me money for work I have done. By the way i quit working for her for obvious reasons.... So my friends are all saying to write her a letter telling her she owes me and we should just settle it by letting me take the baby without giving the other $1500. This trainer is already upset because I have asked for the money she owes me. So its very difficult to even discuss it with her because she thinks im a bad guy for asking for the money which she owes me. I think everyone has been through crap with trainers but any advice on how to handle it? Alot of my friends said to have an lawyer write her a letter. Im sure she would be scared enough from just that to let her go but i dont know. Any advice?
Odd, she owes you $1800 and you owe her $1500 and you two can't come to an agreement? Seems pretty straight forward unless she says she owes you nothing and you can't prove she does?
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LOL really all she would owe you is 300 bucks....which I'd just chuck up as a loss. Is she willing to give you the filly which would take care of most of her costs to you.
I take it you don't have the weanling in your possession yet (and I hope you've got this deal in writing). That makes matters a little trickier. I see it as you can: 1) Pay for the weanling in full, take possession with appropriate registration papers and then take her to small claims court for the outstanding wages issue or 2) Take her to court ahead of time and then settle on the balance of the weanling for payment or 3) Do a face to face with her (with results in writing) to secure the weanling as part of the outstanding wages.
Good luck and let us know how it ends.
Why did you continue working for her after she told you she was having money troubles? Did you get it in writing that you would be paid, if you DID then chances are you'll be able to take the filly and get the rest of your money without issue. If you didn't you can try to work it out between yourselves, but if nothing is in writing you might be out of luck.
Cannot wait to see how this turns out. I hope you get your filly.
Call your local labor board to see if they can give you some advice.
If you get the filly, make sure she hands you the reg papers, breeding certs etc, in order to put the horse in your name.
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