In Jan of 2000 I loaned $500 to a guy that I had known for a few months and had recently started dating. In order for me to loan him the money I wrote him a check that charged my c/c. When I gave him the $ he said he would pay me within 4 weeks that way I wouldn't have any interest charged to me.(unfortuantly I did not get that in writting) We stopped seeing each other shortly after I loaned him the money (partly because I would not loan him another $500). I wrote numerous notes regarding the $ to this guy with no response, he left town for a while and he started and quit a few jobs. Once I was finally able to get intouch with this guy he agreed to start paying me in payments, he paid twice and then quit. Later I wrote him a letter and told him that if all of the money was not received by a certain date I would take him to court for the remainder of the $ plus the interest. He called and we set up a payment scheduale. It wasn't but a few weeks and only 2 pmts later that he gave me checks that were NSF. I called him and once again we agreed to a payment scheduale (less $ each week this time) but again I received checks that were NSF. In the past 1 1/3 yrs I have given him numerous chances to repay the money but I have only received $250. Also, I have written him numerous letters stating that I will take him to court for the remaining $ plus the interset it has cost me and all legal and court fees ( I also told him this on the phone and he never disagreed). I received a call from his attorney (I believe it is his immigration attorney and I believe the $500 I gave my ex was to pay this attorney to start his legalization paperwork) and he offered me $300 I said NO because the total is +$2500.00, he also asked me to send him copies of the documentation that I have I told him I was advised Not to do this. I have copies of every letter, check, money order, and a log of all calls. I have already filed suit and the date is in 2 weeks, does it sound like I need to have a lawyer go to court with me or could I do this myself? If I do need a lawyer what type of lawyer do I get and what kind of fee should I be paying them? Also, will the lawyers fee be something that I can add to the amount asked for? Can I ask for the $ I am am loosing because of the time I am having to take off work for filing and going to court? I am in Tennessee, PLEASE HELP!!!