No Written Contract
by webmaster, Window Shopper
- Created: February 19, 2009, 11:43 am
- Updated: March 24, 2013, 4:08 pm
Hi, have a small web design company in NY state. A past business colleague now living in L.A. called and asked if I could do her a favor and redesign a 20 page website for the company she is now working for. I had 3 days to do it. At first I declined because she called me Thursday night and my programmer does not work weekends. She begged me to do this for her and I eventually agreed. Staying up all night to finish the job in 3 days. I charged the company half the price of what anyone else would because I knew her personally and made many changes to the site to at their request after it was finished at no extra charge. They agreed to let me host the site for one year are all the help I gave them. There was never any written contract for any of this. 3 months later the company hired their own marketing/designer and said they no longer needed me to host their site as their new guy would be doing it. They further asked for all the source file for the site I designed for them. My policy is that no sources files (i.e. original flash files) are ever included with the product. This is stated clearly on my business website. Their guy should be able to recreate the files. They paid for the site, and insist I give them what they want or they will use their lawyer to sue me! Can they do that? Even tho I did not put it in writing to them, it states it on my website. Any advice??
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