Thank you. I was considering small claims since my loss is only $9k and attorney fees would eat up any possible recovery but I'll touch base with the attorney you've referred to see if this is something he can help for a a reasonable fee. Should small claims be the best option does anyone else have any advice on past cases or experience on dealing with scenarios where the client was mislead? I'm looking for some help as to whether these types of cases are worth fighting and if I have a fair chance of recovery?
The court are somehow sympathetic with consumers but not their advocates. Remember that your case is based on a "verbal agreement" with a big condition to "go forward with his services as long as the cost was at or below my set budget." Another disadvantage of small claim court is you cannot appeal if you (Plaintiff) lose.
You're welcome. Mr. Spirtos handles these cases on a regular basis and ought to give you an idea of how to proceed if it's a case he's willing to handle.
Mr. Fuentes is right rearding the verbal agreement and small claims court.