had a house fire lost 75% of our belongings our Contractor was to be finished by Nov 1 2015 this is April 17,2016 He hired a attorney because I refuse to pay til my home is completely done not patched easy cover up SHITY JOB roof still leaks. UP to code as a new home should he's received all but last payment before was due. Now filed mechanics lien
If he has retained an attorney and filed a mechanics lien, you should also hire an attorney. You should have the initial estimate, as well as the proposed repair plans for the full repair project and they must have been signed and agreed upon in terms of what was to be done and how much it would cost and when they would be paid, prior to initiating work. If payment is being demanded before the work is completed, there must be a basis for such compensation in the contract, otherwise you are entitled to not pay for work not completed. You should organize all of the contracts and signed documents you have and speak with an attorney for a direct consultation. These are very time sensitive cases, so the sooner you speak with an attorney the better. I wish you the best.
I agree with the attorney who answered your question. You should definitely hire a lawyer to help you since this sounds like potentially a lot of money and a serious matter since it involves your home. You may or may not have the right to withhold the final payment. Either way though, he should not be harassing you for payment. Tell him to cease communicating and giving out your personal information. If he doesn't, you may have a claim against him for various improper collection methods. A lawyer will be able to further counsel you on this point.
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Best of luck.
The others are correct that you certainly should seek a good real estate attorney to help you. If the other side has hired counsel, this is something you do not want to do on your own. If you are on a fixed or low income, contact the local branch of Land of Lincoln for help. You can find an attorney through the local bar association or through the ARDC. Look for real estate attorneys or litigation attorneys in the phone book or through a web browser. Good luck!
I agree with the others that have noted that you should retain an obtain, especially because the contractor has done so. It will be very helpful to organize contracts, estimates, and any other documents regarding the contractor's work to bring with you for a consultation with your attorney.
Also, it sounds like you should also bring some of the other issues you mention (the rumors, giving out your phone number, following you around) to your attorney's attention. This may also be something that the attorney may want to hear more about.
Best of luck!
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