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It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but my customer's mug shot was just splashed across the front page of the local paper.

Now, do I assume that this religion-professor-caught-in underage-sex-scandal is not going to need me to finish the maps for his book on the history of his conservative denomination?

Or, since the work is nearly done, do I quietly send him what I have finished (and an invoice)?
Any suggestions for wording of the cover letter?

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Yikes, that's a nasty situation to be in. I'd hate to say it, but it's maybe a good idea to check with a lawyer before doing anything. Just in case.
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He ordered, he'll have to pay, at least the work so far. My two cents.

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yep, and he should have budgeted for it. It might be that he will declare bankruptcy though, esp if facing huge legal bills + law suits etc
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That's why I suggested getting some advice from a lawyer.
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Well, he should be considered innocent until proven guilty. I would think you may want to contact him, if possible, and be honest - let him know you're aware of his situation. You've put considerable work into this project, and need to know the current status of the project.

Let him know that if he his going to cancel the project, finding out know allows you to charge him less than now.

You may have a personal opinion in the case, but he doesn't need to know what it is. All you're interested in, as a business person working with this gentleman, is whether you're going to be paid for the work you've done.

Get in there early, before the legal bills start adding up.
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