(Closed) Florist cancelled 3 days prior to wedding and now…

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

A claim against his estate is your only recourse here.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Honestly unless you’re talking about tens of  thousands of dollars, you’re probably best off just taking the loss. Unsecured creditors (which is what you are now) get in line behind all the secured creditors (like a mortgage lender or a car loan lender), who get paid first when the estate sells off its assets. Unsecured creditors fight over what’s left over, and you’ll be lucky to see 3 cents on the dollar.   Consider this the cost of learning a lesson: use a credit card to make deposits on services, so that in disputes, the credit card company will offer you some protection.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

What country/state are you in? Local bees may have some knowledge of how to claim against an estate based on where you are. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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juliefarlow :  contact a lawyer

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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Horseradish :  Was going to say the same thing – unless it’s a huge sum of money, the cost of a lawyer and any associated fees may not be worth it.

OP – How much are you out? Is it worth the money you’d spend on a lawyer? If he doesn’t have much of an estate (i.e. he rented, not owned, didn’t have property of value, or had lots of other debt) you may not get much at all.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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juliefarlow :  Obviously it is my personal opinion but if my florist died I probably wouldn’t pursue it. Yes, I would be out £700, but to be honest I would eat that at the cost of not upsetting the florists family. I feel like it would be bad karma or whatever, but that’s just me and maybe I would feel different if I paid more. Who knows. I am not saying I think you are a bad person if you do go down this route though so please don’t be offended. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I would probably just eat the cost at this point, unfortunately. 

I’m so, so fascinated by this story. How did he die? Did he know he was going to (ie- a long-term illness that he didn’t want to talk to random clients about, so he faked a car accident)? Sorry for the morbid thoughts, just so curious.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

How much money are we talking about here? Tbh, the hassel, time, lawyers and court fees likely are not worth it. Even if you decide to pursue it, your chances of seeing any money at all are slim. He likely wasn’t paying any of his bills so you’re likely last on the totem pole.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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juliefarlow :  the thing is, you would be at the bottom of the pile, would you be happy if you didn’t get it all back, would you patiently wait for it? Would “fighting” for it stress you out? Lots of factors to weigh up. Also, do you want to think back to your wedding and be constantly reminded about a legal battle over the flower money?

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