When a local small business rock hauler was stiffed on bills, they hired Hill Law Firm to pursue these breach of contract claims in San Antonio, Texas.
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My first boss likes to say that a lawsuit is a lawsuit, a case is a case and if you know how to try a lawsuit, you can try any kind of lawsuit. Most of what we handle here is personal injury cases and most of what we do is San Antonio personal injury cases. However, we've handled cases all throughout the state of Texas in multiple different states, and we've actually traveled out of the country to prepare these cases. Recently I was asked by a small business owner who has a trucking fleet, whether I could help him out. Well, what was happening was one of his customers was running up big bills on him and then refusing to pay, and it sounded like once one of them started to do it, a few of the other customers started to as well. When he came to me, he had about $90,000 in outstanding invoices from four or five different customers who were refusing to pay him.
Now, this is a lot of money for a small business owner. What I assumed was happening was the customers thought that he wasn't going to go out and hire a lawyer to fight them on it. He didn't have the money to hire a lawyer to fight them on it. What him and I agreed to was a contingency fee arrangement. I would help him work these cases. I would help him get his money and at the end of the day, he could pay me a percentage of what we recovered.
He agreed to that. He was happy to agree to that because he was looking at getting nothing because he couldn't afford a lawyer, and they knew that. I pursued all four or five of those customers for the unpaid invoices. They were surprised that he was doing this. They did not expect it, but we were able to get him 95% of what was owed to him back within 30 days. He was very happy about this. We've done this for other small business owners, breach-of-contract cases are something we do handle. It's not most of what we handle or a large portion of what we handle, but in the right situation and the right circumstances, we represent small business owners or medium or large businesses when they need to pursue another party over a breach of contract. Like I said at the start, a case is a case and a lawsuit is a lawsuit. We have the ability to handle any kind of lawsuit. When it comes to breach-of-contract cases, most people think they have to go hire an hourly lawyer. However, at Hill Law Firm, we handle breach-of-contract cases on a contingency fee.