We are surrounded by contractual relationships:
Contracts do not simply recite a "meeting of the minds," they also create private law. Our statutory framework and common law gap fill areas unaddressed by agreements and provide conditions establishing the validity of a contract and excuses for disregarding contractual terms. Breaking these legal promises or assembling invalid agreements are deeply problematic and the cause of many lawsuits
Whether accused of violating the terms of an agreement or impacted by another's breach of contract, a business lawyer with trial experience is indispensable.
Massachusetts statutes provide significant penalties for employers that don't strictly comply with the Wage Act. These problems often arise from a misunderstanding of compensation requirements, such as:
An employee prevailing in a lawsuit for unpaid wages receives 300% of the amount owed, plus attorney's fees and costs of litigation. Statutory interest of 12% is added to wages owed. Further, the Attorney General's Office may impose additional penalties.
Attorney Walckner has represented companies and unpaid workers in court and in the course of investigations by the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division.
Unpaid receivables is a problem every business comes to eventually encounter. Some businesses frequently accumulate many unpaid accounts and require help collecting on those accounts. Depending on the nature of the business/customer relationship, collection efforts may involve a formal demand for payment, commencement of a lawsuit, or arbitration if required by the underlying agreement.
A shortfall of many outside corporate attorneys is an inability to understand the greater business interests of a company. With the right approach, sometimes business relationships are salvaged while working a solution to fulfill the outstanding obligation. Having counsel that understands the greater business needs while pursuing delinquent receivables can often lead to resolution short of litigation. The objective is to secure payment for the business while preserving the company's good name.
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