My question involves small claims court in the state of: California
I recently had a contract with a person to perform some services for them. They were unhappy with the work, and opted to terminate the contract. Under the agreed terms, if they were the ones to cancel the contract, they would pay for the services in full. The person is now refusing to pay, despite my informing them that if they do not, I will be forced to take matters to court.
The terms of the contract state that it is governed by the state of California, but the other party now resides in Canada. The small claims advisor informed me that the defendant must be served within the state, but had no advice for me as to how to move forward with this.
The person does have a phone number which appears to be a landline for another state, but their official address is in Canada, and I have been unable to find their U.S. Address.
What are my options?