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Gregory M. Travalio

Columbus Commercial Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. I agreed to pay $10 per hour for work on my driveway for some back hoe work. There was never a written contract.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Gregory M. Travalio
    1 lawyer answer

    Oral contracts are generally enforceable. There are a number of exceptions but the facts that you have given does not indicate that this contract falls within any exception. In this case, whether you are responsible for the additional amount will depend upon what you and your friend said about the compensation for the work. As a general matter, when you hire a contractor to do a job for a particular amount, the cost of the materials is included in the price of the job, unless you agree to...

  2. I paid a contractor to do some remodeling. I have a written agreement. He never completed work and refuses to answer phone.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. James T. H. Buxton
    2. Gregory M. Travalio
    2 lawyer answers

    Of course, you have the right to sue him for breach of contract. More importantly, however, most states have statutes protecting consumers from this type of conduct which often allow for multiple or punitive damages and for your attorney fees. In addition, you can report the contractor to the Attorney General. Most states' Attorney General offices have consumer protection divisions that can assist you in recovering your money.