I have a client who hired me to do a second website for him. Site was complete the week of 12/5 and was on a test server so he can view it live. On 12/8 I emailed him that I will set the site live upon remittance of the final payment of 2250 - it also states this in our initial proposal and was verbally told to him - but he thinks I am wrong to expect payment before the site is set live on his hosting account.
I received a check though on 12/13/10 - it was post dated for 12/15 - but I set his site live on his server on 12/14/10 out of good faith.
Then he asks me to do 2 addiitonal pieces of work that were NOT contracted for....and I told him straight out I would not interested in helping him with those issues since he was diificult and demeaning to work with.
Several nasty emails were sent on his part - with mine remaining professional. Verbal abuse was received via phone (my husband was witness to this)
Today I go to use my debit card and find out my account was overdrawn....
Turns out he put a stop payment on his check on 12/15/10. A day after the site went live on HIS server.
He also had has admin change ALL relevant passwords so I have no access to anything.
I called him today to only be met with verbal assaults and attacks.
So he has a brand new site - I am out 2250.
He is in PA and I am in NJ.
What recourse do I have? He stopped payment because I did not want to do any ADDITIONAL work for him....he is a hateful person....but the way I see it he is committing fraud since the stop payment was issued the day after the site launched....is this correct?
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated....I need to figure out how to handle this.....whether I give in and let him win and do mor work for free or if I push and get my money for the work that was done....
Thank you so much!