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euroword
Germany
Local time: 13:21
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German to English
Jan 12, 2009

I'm so glad the previous post came up recently as I have had the same problem and I don't think it is me!! I have an outsourcer who refuses to pay.

Fair enough, there are always two sides to one story, but when you enter into a contract the terms are binding. And unless you have a history of working with someone, then yo take your chances on both sides.

I did a translation on a short deadline and using a CAT. Of course I went through it and made some corrections but as the deadline was so tight I didn't have as much time to spend on it as I wanted. I knew that and I said that but I did know the subject and knew it wasn't perfect but was good. At the same time (and of course the rate was bad) I told the outsourcer well before the deadline that the original text was itself in poor shape and really needed work. He wrote me not to proofread as he would do this to adapt it to a larger work.

I delivered "late" according to him as it arrived 3 (that's right, three) minutes past the deadline. And he was unbelievably rude when he simply asked me why I had wasted my his time.
Anyway, in Germany to collect this invoice I would have to sue him, costing me money. But I may try to invoice his customers, which I find horrible and unprofessional, but I don't know what else to do.
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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 12:21
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Not true Jan 12, 2009

Penelope Cumler wrote:
Anyway, in Germany to collect this invoice I would have to sue him, costing me money.


Nonsense. There are a number of collection services that charge all additional costs to the debtor.


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xxxM.D.  Identity Verified

Agree with Kevin. Jan 12, 2009

I found myself in a situation when a translation agency based in Germany did not pay in a timely manner and ignored my emails. I had to warn them that I would contact a “debt collector”, and voilà, I was paid within one week.

Good luck!

“In Germany the debtor is obliged by law to pay all fees and costs of in- and out-of-court matters, if he is in delay of payment, in case of violation of the contract or is defeated in a law-suit (successful court proceedings). Hence, all lawyer's and court fees and costs are recoverable from the debtor.”


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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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Ask your German customers! Jan 12, 2009

When I was in need of debt collection services a few years ago, one of my German agencies was kind enough to recommend the local attorney's office (which included collection specialists) they use. If you have good relations with some German agencies, you might simply ask whom they use to go after deadbeats. You have a lot of options, most of which will cost you nothing and a number of which are probably local for you.

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