Account Stated Doctrine: Why Small Businesses Should Issue Written Invoices
March 30, 2022
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Customers Who Don’t Speak Now May Have to Forever Hold Their Peace
By Stacia Hofmann
Businesses that successfully implement billing and invoicing systems obviously have a financial advantage over those businesses that haphazardly and irregularly bill their customers. But you might be surprised to learn that small businesses that provide clear, understandable invoices to their customers also have a legal advantage compared to those that do not.
Legal Doctrine of Account Stated
In Washington, if a customer is invoiced, and an unreasonably long period of time passes without objection, then the customer loses the right to later dispute the amount due. There is no specific rule for how much time must pass without protest, so what may be unreasonably long for one customer relationship may not be for another. And, if the customer failed to object within a reasonable amount of time because of a mistake or the business’s fraud, then the customer may still dispute the bill.
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