I worked for two years and a half in a not so well-payed job, which was my first formal one. They helped me a lot to grow as an employee, so the payment wasn't that much of a deal; besides, they also paid for a diplomat which got me my academic degree.
On my last year, the company went through a rough finance situation, they said that an expected huge (foreign; even) investment couldn't took place because of "trust contract issues" and some contracts couldn't be paid because political ones, since some of the clients were public ones. This led to an overall delay in payment, release of employees and even the disappearance of a complete business unit.
I lasted four more months like this, out of the kindness that they showed me, and quit because I couldn't manage anymore. They owed me about three months of work and some legal obligations. When I quit we signed an agreement with the dates of debt payment, which never happened. After six months I talked again with them, asked for another agreement (a recommendation from a lawyer friend), the VP told me that they already had some contracts and payment orders, and such. The other agreement was due yesterday and nothing happened.
I haven't gone legal as I'm afraid I would spend time and money on something that wouldn't pay as much (it's not that much money, but I wouldn't want to renounce to i). I've played the polite approach, but it's certainly not working. What can I do to get paid?