Vincent Thomas Pallaci’s Answers

Vincent Thomas Pallaci

Huntington Station Construction / Development Lawyer.

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  1. In New York, can I file a mechanic's lien/lien for construction work done for a place of business (business is a tenant)?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Peter J Weinman
    2. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    3. Michal Falkowski
    3 lawyer answers

    Since this is a commercial project, you may file a mechanic's lien against any property that you improved through your labor and materials within 8 months of the last time that you provided the labor and/or materials. The fact that the tenant, not the owner, hired you is relevant but not necessarily at this point. To ultimately establish a valid lien that can be enforced you need to establish that the owner consented to the improvement. This is actually more difficult than it seems but for...

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  2. Construction site next door caused dmage to my home and foundation. What would be the best way to recover damages reimburseme

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    3. Thomas Richelo
    3 lawyer answers

    Damage due to defective, deficient and improper underpinning and shoring is a very common cause of property damage - especially in the NYC area. You should put your home owner's carrier on notice immediately and also put the neighbor and neighbor's contractor on notice of the claim. Notice issues can be very sensitive so you really should speak to a construction attorney and discuss this. In some situations, there is "strict liability" for this damage especially where, as here, the...

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  3. Mechanic lien: Are Checks with “Payment In Full” In Memo Field Legally Binding in NY?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michael T Millar
    2. Eric Edward Rothstein
    3. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    4. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    4 lawyer answers

    Payment should be simultaneously exchanged with the lienor's attorney and you should be provided with a lien satisfaction and final lien waiver.

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  4. My contractor in NYC placed a lien on my co-op. I promptly paid and now he won't file a satisfaction of lien and remove it.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Hayley R. Greenberg
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    You can file a lawsuit to have the lien discharged. You can also try filing a complaint with DCA. If he has a license, they will likely be able to help you get a quick resolution. (PS - You should never pay a lienor for a mechanic's lien without simultaneously receiving a lien satisfaction so that you can avoid these types of situations)

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  5. If im a salesman for construction ,and then after incorporation i become a salesman for health care,need i file an amendment...

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Guy W Bluff
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3 lawyer answers

    The purpose of the corporation generally need not be changed. However, you need to look at how our articles of incorporation were prepared and make sure that you did not limit yourself to a particular purpose. Generally, the certificate of incorporation will state that the corporation may engage in any lawful activity. Obviously you need to see if health care sales requires any particular license. In New York City, home improvement construction salesmen must be licensed by Consumer Affairs.

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  6. I hired a contractor to do work on my house. We had a written contract.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2 lawyer answers

    What you are talking about is the statute of frauds. The "real estate" contracts referenced do not include the type of construction work you are talking about. Therefore, the statute of frauds will not bar the claim for extra work in New York. New York does require that all contracts for home improvement be in writing, but the penalty for not having change orders/extras in writing is not prohibition of the claim. Instead, the contractor may be subject to some fines by the NYC Dept. of...

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  7. I also had a mechanics lean placed on my property in Brooklyn for the removal of a tree.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    1 lawyer answer

    Your question raises a couple of issues. First, was this tree on residential property? if it was, and it was your home, the contractor needed a New York City home improvement license to perform this work and without such a license, the contractor had no right to file a mechanic's lien and it can be discharged by a competent attorney. You can check whether the contractor had a license by calling the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. If it was commercial property, he may not need a license....

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  8. Can I sue the contractor for very poor construction quality and unfinished works?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Jayson Lutzky
    3. Mahir Sheikh Nisar
    3 lawyer answers

    The action that you should take now is to speak to a construction attorney - immediately. There is not enough information in your question for any attorney to give you advice. In general, yes, you can sue for defective and deificient construction. Whether you should, and what you could recover, is another story that you need to speak to an attorney about.

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  9. What are the ramifications of a home improvement contractor writing a contract on an expired license?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Steven Warren Smollens
    2 lawyer answers

    Suffolk County requires all persons performing "home improvement work" as that term is defined by the Suffolk County Code, to hold a valid Suffolk County home improvement license. Under New York law, a contractor seeking payment for home improvement work in Suffolk County must list his or her license number in the complaint. Since an unlicensed contractor cannot list his or her license, the failure to have a home improvement license for home imrpovement work that is performed means that the...

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  10. How can I sue to General Contractor for unfinished work?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vincent Thomas Pallaci
    2. Michael Wayne Goldstein
    2 lawyer answers

    There are a lot of facts that would be necessary to answer this question. In general, you cannot "make the general contractor finish the work." Making someone do work is called "specific performance" and specific performance is not available on this type of claim in New York. Instead, your option would be to complete the work with someone else and charge the original GC the amount above and beyond the original contract price that it costs you to complete the work, close out the permits and...

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