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Billing services before rendering services

Discussion in 'Business & Corporate Matters' started by David H Donaldson, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. David H Donaldson

    David H Donaldson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I work for a pet cremation service that charges vet offices by the date of the death of the pet versus the date I actually cremate the pet. Is this legal? I'm concerned because my company wants to close it's billing out at the end of the month instead of a regular billing cycle of service rendered.
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Why wouldn't it be legal?

    If you are THAT concerned you might wish to consult a lawyer licensed to practice in WA.

    I see nothing preventing the company from doing what you claim the company wishes to do.
     
  3. David H Donaldson

    David H Donaldson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you for your reply. At this point, I was mainly concerned because the managers at the vet offices I talked to didn't realize we were biling them this way.
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Perhaps someone from management or billing might discuss the matter with the client.
     
  5. David H Donaldson

    David H Donaldson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I couldn't agree more. However, the owner and billing manager have set this up to keep the previous operator of the crematory as a check to make sure he didn't get slack in his cremation procedures - to make sure he didn't behind. However, knowing this was their reasoning, it seemed to me it wasn't legal to do so since we were charging for services that could be weeks behind when we did the actual services. I really appreciate your quick responses and hope this doesn't seem a waste of your time but I've taken over for almost 2 years now and we've been getting busier and since I have to create duplicate tags to accommodate the billing I wanted to look in it.
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    The situation you describe could lead to a civil lawsuit.

    If/when that occurs you can sit back and smile slyly like the "Mona Lisa".
     
  7. David H Donaldson

    David H Donaldson Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you. I think I would rather smile like the cheshire cat. :)
     
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    They will either go along with it or take their business elsewhere.
     
  9. zddoodah

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    I doubt it, but I don't really understand the distinction between "charg[ing] . . . by the date of death" and "charg[ing] . . . by . . . the date" of the cremation. Please explain what that means and why you think it is an important distinction.

    What does "close it's [sic] billing out" mean?

    Also, when you spoke with your boss about your concerns, what did he/she say?
     
  10. Richard Marvel

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    I would focus on the agreement with the customers. If the agreement is clear, that is one thing. IF the agreement is silent, I would be cautions to advise my clients to bill for a service that is not performed. I would consult a local attorney.
     

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