We have been working with a portuguese lawyer on a GV application. They have fulfilled the initial aspects of our agreement, and I have been prompt with payments to them. At this point, per our agreement, I owe them a balance due, but I have yet to receive an invoice for that balance.
Up to the point of the application, there was frequent communication (email). I received an email indicating that I should expect an invoice around mid-January. Since then, I’ve sent a couple of emails asking about the invoice, and I’ve tried contacting via a whatsapp text message but have received no responses. And I did root through my spam/trash email folders to confirm I didn’t miss something.
Given we live in strange times (Covid, tele-trabalho, lockdowns, etc), I certainly want to give the lawyer the benefit of the doubt. Plus, I’m American, meaning my expectations of lawyers is pay first, results later. Here, I have the results, and want to pay for the service, but there is no response to my entreaties.
So, am I worrying for nothing? Is this just a cultural mis-expectation? Combo of covid times, SEF, culture? I don’t want to be a pushy American, so am looking for advice/thoughts on what should be my expectations.