The contractor will have to prove the terms of the contract, including the agreed upon price. Otherwise the contractor might be able to recover only the "reasonable value of the services rendered" which he can prove by testimony of an expert.
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Filing a lawsuit does not release the amount owed.
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Whether a lawsuit is frivolous or not will be determined by the trial court. As to the amount owed the contractor will have to prove the terms of the agreement or the fair value of the work done by expert testimony in order to collect.
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