I used bookeepers who were charging me per week on Upwork. They made lots of errors and my accountants in the UK had to charge me extra to fix them. The bookeepers on upwork knowing I would raise a dispute then once my year end accounts were completed, quickly closed the contract.
I have proof from my accountants the errors were costly and substantial and could only be discovered after the work was done, and the help of the bookeepers was needed to correct them at the direction of my UK accountants, so we could not raise the dispute during their weekly billing.
The bookeepers are now ignoring communication and I cannot even find where to leave feedback - as its after they closed the contract, but I need to reclaim $2500 from them which is aprox half of what I paid them during the life of the contract. The firm is **edited for Community Guidelines**. They have lots of people who have 'no feedback left' as they must have done the same trick on them too - leaving a trail of costly mistakes. I even had the UK authorities sending a letter to shut down the company. These people are dangerous in my opinion.
re: "I need to reclaim $2500 from them which is aprox half of what I paid them during the life of the contract"
I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with the freelancers you hired on Upwork.
But that's not how this works.
You paid money for the work that they did. That's in the past. There is no "reclaim" button or dispute process that can be used in your situation.
There ARE a number of payment protection policies that protect clients, but they don't apply to this situation.
I don't disagree that you had a bad experience.
But you're saying you want to go to court to try to recover $2500?
I guess in England it MIGHT make sense, because losers pay winners' legal fees. But if the bookeepers don't live in England as well, you won't have jurisdiction. So you won't actually be able to sue them or recover any judgements.
In the United States, this wouldn't work because it would cost so much more in lawyer's fees than you could recover.
Whether you're in England or the United States, it's simply not economical to hire substandard, error-prone bookkeepers and then pay more expensive people to fix the other people's mistakes, and then take people to court.
The solution you're looking for is better bookkeepers and accountants and/or better record-keeping software and systems - not tort and lawsuits.
Alpesh P wrote:
Not via Upwork, but there is in the courts. Our lawyers have told us due to
the negligence of the bookeepers, there is a claim in tort. That it was
discoverable after the Upwork contract closed doesn’t matter. So that’s not
how it may work on Upwork, but freelancers are not above the law.
Had an attorney or a representative counseled you about the situation with the individual you hired I would think they might have also counseled you from making posts regarding the issue until such time as they were able to contact their fellows here.
In Texas, a tort claim can only be filed against a government agency, involving personal injury... I must be way oversimplifying it though, this came from a quick Google about tort claims, does a tort claim have a different meaning in the UK.
I'm sorry to hear that this contract with this freelancer didn't work out. I understand you are frustrated about it, but I encourage you not to share specific details about the issue here in the Community especially since it may misrepresent the situation. We will not be able to discuss the details here because it's a public Community but please be assured that a member of the team will reach out to you to assist you further.
If the freelancers are not in the same area/country as you, it's fruitless to pursue a law suite against them. I'm not a lawyer, but I think that would involved international law and that will be a LOT more expensive then the amount you paid to the freelancer(s). In the U.S. I think as long as both client and freelancers are in the same jurisdiction, you can go to small claims court.
If this was an hourly job, you had something like 5 days to review a freelancers work. If you found errors, you can close the contract at any time, and for whatever reason. If this was a fixed rate contract, you have 30 in with you can initiate a dispute.