If an agency or an attorney has not paid you for your services and it’s been at least 90 days since the date you submitted your invoice, but not more than a year, please contact us. We can send a demand letter on your behalf and eventually assist you with Small Claims. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Name of agency or law firm that hired you
- Date of the assignment
- Case name and case number if available
- If hired by an agency, please include the name of the law firm that requested your services
Please note that we only assist AIJIC members with delinquent vendors. AIJIC reserves the right not to get involved in some collections disputes depending on its specific circumstances.
Testimonials from a few AIJIC members we've helped get paid:
I am pleased to report that thanks to AIJIC's intervention I have received payment from an agency that totally ignored my repeated emails in regards to an assignment of October of last year. Thank you AIJIC! Keep up the good work! 1/25/2016
I would like to acknowledge the amazing job AIJIC does every day. I have been battling to collect a 4 number figure from an agency for the last couple of months with no success. I decided to ask AIJIC for help and the results were amazing. To make a long story short less than 24 hours after the demand letter was sent I received a confirmation that my payment was sent via certified mail. Thank you very much to all the AIJIC team for all the work you do, many times behind the scenes. 1/23/2016
After four months of struggling in order to get paid by an agency, I had the good fortune of contacting AIJIC- immediately after a letter was sent on my behalf, I was paid. Thank you AIJIC for all your help. 8/21/2015
Without the strength of AIJIC and its members, I am convinced I never would have been paid. Thank you SO MUCH for all your continuing hard work! 8/3/2015
I have great news! They sent me the check for the other assignment today! I’m so grateful to AIJIC for your support; the letter you sent did its job. Thank you so much! 7/2015
OTHER MEMBERS WE'VE HELPED GET PAID
- Ana Cecilia Campos
- Ana Sevilla
- Anahita Ghafourpour
- Beatriz Marín-Alcántara
- Catherine Torres
- Christopher Moscarella
- Cristina Proffitt
- David Espinoza
- Cabal, Elisa
- Enrique Hernandez Avina
- Gabriela Beard
- Golrokh Khatibloo
- Jacki Noh
- Lilia Santana
- Lynnda Ohama
- Majib Siddiquee
- Maribel Cariño
- Mariela Caceres
- Marina Camarero
- Natasha Kharikova
- Patricia Hyatt
- Teri Bullington
- Veronika Dubkin
- Vivette Zelaya
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Effective March 1, 2016, AIJIC will no longer intervene in non-payment issues if the delinquent agency or law firm is on our black list and the interpreter requesting our help was an AIJIC member when the information was made available to him or her.
If we're helping a member who's owed money, somebody from the AIJIC board will email that member a template for a demand letter that the member will have to fill out with all the pertinent information. Please do not forward us invoices or emails that you've exchanged with the delinquent agency or law firm in question for us to figure out what the facts surrounding your specific situation was.
In the demand letter template, please include all the information about the company that owes you money. A scheduler's email alone is usually not effective. If you know little about the company, please help us by doing the appropriate research. The California Secretary of State's website is a useful resource to obtain information about an established business and the agent for service. We strongly recommend that you ALWAYS know who you're working for before working for a company for the first time.
Please be patient. Getting your demand letter ready to go out entails work that won't be completed overnight or in a matter of days. Rest assured though that your letter will be sent out.
Once the demand letter is sent out on a member's behalf with a deadline to pay, we'll email a properly formatted letter to the member for him or her to mail out to the delinquent vendor.
Many of the demand letters we've sent on behalf of our members have been successful, but some of them have been ignored, in which case we've always encouraged our members to sue in Small Claims. Whenever this happens, the only thing that we, AIJIC board members, can do if members indeed wish to sue is provide them with all the information they need to move forward with legal action. AIJIC does not file papers in Small Claims on behalf of members.
Outcomes in court are never guaranteed, but we believe that letting a delinquent company get away with not paying will encourage that company to keep doing it and burning interpreters. Taking someone to court on the other hand sends a powerful message and most often than not, interpreters who were owed money and were brave enough to sue ended up prevailing in court and their fees were reimbursed.