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Christopher Strang

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  • Can my bf Sue for libel?

    Several years ago, my bf was in a relationship with, apparently, a very vindictive woman. Since their breakup, she has written many blogs about what a "con artist", " drug-addicted slimeball" he is. She claims that he tens of thousands of dollars...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It sounds like he may have a claim. However, you want to be careful about incurring litigation costs in pursuing someone who may not be able to pay a meaningful judgment. Perhaps you might want to consider consulting with an attorney who can assist with trying to convince her to remove the blog posts and to stop making any references to your bf in the future.

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  • A quote in a publication is libelous. What range of cost would it take to litigate the case (retainer)?

    A quote in a publication is libelous. What range of cost would it take to litigate the case (retainer)?

    Christopher’s Answer

    It depends on many factors not included in your post, particularly who will be named as defendants. Many libel attorneys will give free consultations and provide you with information on retainers and potential litigation costs.

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  • What can I do about a contractor who has taken a deposit but hasn't done work, and won't return calls now?

    I signed an agreement with a roofing company for a new roof on my home in August, 2014. I gave a 50% deposit, and the contract specified that the work would be substantially completed by October 15, 2014. Work has still not yet begun. Leading up t...

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    The Attorney General's Office of Consumer Affairs does handle complaints about Home Improvement Contractors. You'll want to see if your contractor was appropriately registered first. This web page provides several options for you to pursue a refund.

    http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/consumer-guide-to-home-improvement-contractor.html

    If the AG is unable to help, then you should probably consult an attorney specializing in construction law.

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  • How do I proceed with a promissory note I need to collect on?

    I have a promissory note signed by two individuals, one in Massachusetts and another in Charlotte NC. It is for $25,000. I have given them multiples of time beyond the contractual timeframe to repay, and many chances. They say they don't hav...

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    First you have to carefully read the promissory note. Sometimes they contain venue provisions that dictate where you must file suit. Sometimes they also contain other provisions for steps you must take prior to filing suit, such as sending notice in advance by particular methods. You also could consider hiring an asset search company to see if there are assets worth pursuing before investing money in litigation.

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  • On What grounds can a contractor revoke a building permit and leave the work site?

    I have purposely deceitful customer who in manipulating the wording in the contract. I hired a Construction Advisor to formulate a new contract. Customer keeps disputing then agreeing, disputing and agreeing. Been going on for 3 weeks. Now he want...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It really depends on your contract provisions for changes in the scope of work, among other things. I agree that you should consult an attorney, as home improvement contracts contain many pitfalls for the contractors.

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  • Roofer may not have pulled permits

    I contracted a licensed roofer in my state (MA). I am concerned that he did not pull permits for the work that he performed (entire roof replacement, under signed contract). Permits for roofing are required in my town. They have invoiced me for th...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Assuming this is for your residence, and otherwise qualifies under the MA Home Improvement Contractor statute, the contractor is required to secure any necessary permits. The contractor is also prohibited from demanding final payment until the contract work is complete to your satisfaction, which would include providing you with the permit. For more information on your rights under the statute, see here: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/required-contract-terms.html

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  • The contractor i hired to do my kitchen I paid 1/3 (10,000 dollars) upfront. I want to fire them can I get my money back?

    they havent shown up since. Electritian didnt show. I have a contract

    Christopher’s Answer

    The Massachusetts Attorney General's office has very specific rules for home improvement contractors. You can learn about your rights with this guide: http://www.mass.gov/ago/consumer-resources/consumer-information/home-and-housing/home-improvement/attorney-generals-consumer-guide-to-home.html.

    It also includes contact information for several people to call with questions or to request assistance in dealing with your contractor. If that doesn't work, you may want to consult an attorney who handles construction law issues.

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  • Can an attorney help me? If so, what kind of attorney should I be looking for?

    I am really hoping I can be directed to someone who can help me. I am from Massachusetts and have a civil claim open in Bristol County, Massachusetts against defendant Todd Eccleston. He had failed to appear in court and efforts to serve him with ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    It sounds like this was someone who is, or was posing as a home improvement contractor. If that is the case, you should contact the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation. They have a department that investigates home improvement contractor complaints. You can find the proper forms and instructions here:

    http://mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/

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  • How do I remove mechanic's lien? What steps do I need to take?

    Called and asked him to remove lien- he said no. Sent certified/registered letter asking same. He never picked up the letter. He did a LOT of damage to my property and has had NUMEROUS lawsuits for same.

    Christopher’s Answer

    It depends on the specific facts and circumstances, however, you typically will need a court order in order to get a mechanic's lien removed if you can't get the contractor to voluntarily dissolve it. There are several steps that the contractor must take in limited time frames in order to establish a valid lien. I recommend at least consulting with an attorney about the nature of the lien in order to get more thorough advice.

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  • Can I file a mechanics lien for material specially fabricated for a residence, if notice of identification was sent to GC ?

    My company ordered customized limestone for a private residence in MA. The stone was fabricated in Germany and was ordered by subcontractor. The terms were 50% deposit, which was received and the balance prior to release. The terms were FOB Edison...

    Christopher’s Answer

    There is no such 20 day requirement in the mechanic's lien law. You may have lien rights, but there are several factors that go into determining that. You should contact a MA construction law attorney for more details, and soon. The deadline to file a lien is short.

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