Just curious, why did this thead head in the direction fo seeing a
local attorney. If he as an agreement for services, and paid for
those services, and later(quickly) found out not all services have
been done, then he just has to talk to the contractor.
Only after all he could do without legal help, should he even think
about small claims court. Plus as a layperson, this would be an open
and shut case, right?
It came in right after "If he refuses... "
My attorney may have better rates than others, but I think the small fee
for a initial consolation would be worth the cost. The OP can not get any
good legal advice from us since the local laws vary. I do like the small
claims suggestion however, at least where I am they even offer a out of
court free hearing with some free legal advice (minimal) that may work.
Sorry, it seemed like the 'you don't like his suggestions' threw me
Bringing in the law seems like a laast resort. I truely believe he
will comply. But the customer must behave like it was a mistake and
we all make mistakes, so he gets his roof taken care of, and the
contractor can save face.
No like you said, if all fails I would seek small claims. I would
get two or more estimates, the orginal invoice/proposal, copies of the
checks paid, and photos of the non-existant ridge vent. Now only
being a layperson, it seems like a very 'open-shut' case. Which
further enforces the idea the missed step was a mistake and will
quickly be ratified.
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