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Well now I don't know what to do

A large company which has, for several years, owed me money for a not-insignificant amount of freelance work I did for them back in the dizzo, has recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

Which, if I understand Chapter 11 filings correctly, means that (a) as a non-secured creditor, my claim for payment takes an even lower priority than it did when the company was solvent, and (b) even if the money owed me is paid, at least part of it will be paid by the government, meaning that essentially, I'll be sticking the taxpayer -- which theoretical person is made up of most of you, as well as myself -- with my fee.

I...I probably should just forget about this one, huh.

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purgatorius
Dec. 20th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Heaven forfend you reclaim money you've actually earned, potentially stripping away a little scrap of our missile defense shield or stubbornly meted out food stamps.

Don't give up, Leonard! Don't take no static from an Instamatic.
purgatorius
Dec. 20th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh. That's not the right company. Please amend my remarks for the record to read,

"Sometime before Earth's destroyed by an asteroid,
Leonard P. might get paid by ________"
tx_cronopio
Dec. 20th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think you're still off.

There's no money, thems the rubs
Leonard got screwed by the _____.
rxgreene
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
This ish is picayune,
Leonard needs to payed by the ________.
purgatorius
Dec. 21st, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
late, great Ernest Tubbs
writebrain
Dec. 20th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I say try to go for it... you are owed, but yeah, within the limits of your own tolerance of patience and mental/emotional effort.

Don't worry about the taxpayer etc.
thaitea
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
It would be an honor for some of my tax dollars to go to a talented hardworking fellow American like yourself, rather than supporting slave labor in the Mariana islands, or war profiteering in Iraq. But it could be a slog.

I wish the ____ wasn't such a maroon.
mckennl
Dec. 21st, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
What thaitea said. If there was a check box where all my taxes could go to writers, I would check it SO HARD.
rxgreene
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
If it is any comfort, the company that I am working for, NOW, has lost two separate invoices for one job I did for them, and put a hold on a second. There is a third job I did in August that they still won't acknowledge that they owe me for.
secondperiod
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
No advice here, but a fun story, I guess. The Wife did some work for the City/County government, and before she can get paid (as of right now, she still has not) They told her she had to have a business license. She doesn't. She's been full-time freelance writing for YEARS, and she's never had to, but if she wanted her check, she had to get one, so she went and got one for $40. Here's the awesome part... these licenses renew by the calendar year, so it is good for less than 2 weeks from the time she bought it.

It is, as required, posted in a visible location in her "office" (the spare bedroom).

Back on topic, here: Go for the money, dude. I will gladly pay a few cents extra in taxes to help one less freelancer get fucked over.
bassman42
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, go ahead and sue...the Canadian taxpayer won't be on the hook, so it won't cost me personally anything at all!
roseyv
Dec. 22nd, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
If you can get your money, dude, go try.

That's really all I have, sorry.
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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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