Might need legal help for wedding pics

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Can I sue her?
    Yes, you can sue her for the $400 : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Yes, you can sue her for more than the $400 : (6 votes)
    9 %
    No, legally you can't sue her : (39 votes)
    56 %
    She's family- drop it : (18 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 4
    Member
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @2strapscool:  I’m guessing you won’t have much of a case considering she didn’t ask you to pay $400 and there was no contract. Sucks but they may just be gone 🙁

    ETA: just realized I assumed you didn’t have one. If you do, you may have something to fight with. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    2620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i dont think you can sue if there was no contract… do you know for sure her lap top was truely stolen?

    Post # 8
    Member
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    You’d have a hard time proving terms of the contract in court when there wasn’t a written contract… I assume there was no specific verbal or email agreement on what date the photos needed to be provided to you by?  Even so, if you voluntarily gave her $400 after she offered them for free, that’s not considered legal consideration. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’m so sorry this happened to you, but I don’t see how a court is going to get involved and get anything for you.  You will spend more money on the filing fee and it won’t get you your photos back.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @2strapscool:  since she did say she would give you your money back i think you could possibly get it sovled in the courts– but im not sure how much you would end up spending to get the money  back.. i really sorry she is not giving your photos back to you.

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would ask her if she could give you your money back since she said she would. I don’t think you can seek legal action though. I’m sorry you’re going through this. Maybe you two could do a first year anniversary photo shoot.

    Post # 14
    Member
    7090 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Did you flat out ask for your money back?

    Post # 15
    Member
    13012 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I doubt it. There’s nothing signed requiring payment for services.  As far as anyone is concerned, you gave her money out of the goodness of your heart.  Personally, I don’t think the time it would take to even attempt to take this to a court wouldn’t even be worth the $400.

     

    Post # 16
    Member
    3 posts
    Wannabee

    Not sure how this will play out in civil court (as it’s not my field of expertise), but technically contracts don’t have to be in writing. A verbal agreement in this case can be a contract and you can use the emails in court to support that there was a contract. Whether or not you can get the $400 back likely will depend on the circumstances of the $400. When did you give it to her? What kind of discussion you two had about it? From the way you put it, it seems like the $400 was a gift, as opposed to payment for the pictures. If that’s the case, even her email saying that she would give you the money back pretty much means nothing. 

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