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I finished a job for a radio company back in November of 2018, still haven’t gotten paid and they are just bouncing me around to different departments. How should I go about getting them to pay for the work I have done? Thank you!

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Finished a job 11/14/18 and have been ran around different departments because a new company purchased the radio station and they say I will still get my money but no one is paying or anything I have been told the check is in the mail multiple times and we it doesn’t arrive a call back and get ran in a circle.

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May 7, 2019
I'm really sorry to hear that. No one should be given the run-around when they're just trying to get what they're owed. While I'm not able to give you legal advice - I can provide some information that should be valuable. With that being said - many construction businesses find that flexing, or potentially even exercising, their mechanics lien rights will work to speed up payment. Because mechanics liens are a seriously powerful construction payment remedy, the mere warning or threat of a lien claim will often go a long way to compel payment. Plus, for claimants who aren't hired directly by the property owner, Missouri is one of a handful of states that actually requires that the document be sent. Though, regardless of any requirement, the Notice of Intent can still be a valuable recovery tool. For more background on how a Notice of Intent to Lien works, this resource should be valuable: What Is a Notice of Intent to Lien and Should I Send One? Of course, exercising lien rights may become necessary to force payment if warnings or threats aren't enough. If that's the case, there are some important factors to keep in mind - such as the deadline to file. In Missouri, mechanics liens must be filed within 6 months of the claimant's last furnishing, and any lien claims filed beyond this period will likely be invalid and unenforceable. So, regardless of what payment recovery option is taken, it's important to keep an eye on that deadline. Of course, there are always other options for payment recovery - such as threatening or pursuing legal action (like via breach of contract or unjust enrichment), sending the debt to collections, or taking the dispute to small claims court.
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