My wife was a contract program manager for a training company that is now 95% out of business. She is owed $10K. She made authorized purchases on her own credit card for $5K and has proof that the books and materials she purchased were given to the appropriate customers. The other $5K is being charged for 4 weeks of labor done out of her house which was pre approved by the National VP who was her direct boss. He is laid off now and the president says the VP had no right to approve the work she did. The president has stalled for a few weeks now and wont pay her anything. The company is trying to sell the remaining 5% of the company and might just file for bankruptcy instead but they have not done so yet. Question: Do we start filing liens against any computer equipment they still have and if so how do we start that process? The company is owned by 2 investors and still has people on the payroll. Let me rephrase the question like this: Lets say I filled out a $10K expense report that the VP authorized and now the president is taking too long to pay. How do I make him pay (especially while he still has the money to do so)??This is in California.