What t do if my client refuses to pay me stating that the work done is not valuable enough?

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What t do if my client refuses to pay me stating that the work done is not valuable enough?

They are requesting that I produce a detailed account of the work done every hour. Do I have to perform work to get paid? The contract in place requires my client to pay for my availability and does not tie work responsibilities/deliverables to payment. Can my client refuse to pay if I have kept my time available for them but performed no work as they have guided me to do?

Asked on October 22, 2018 under Business Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It depends entirely on the terms of your contract. If, as you say, the contract they signed--and so agreed to and obligated themselves too--requires payment for availability, not deliverables, they have to pay, and you could sue them for "breach of contract" if they will not. Their obligation to pay will be determined solely by the terms of the contract.


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