(Closed) Legal Bees Assemble!! Need some advice about a MIA contractor

posted 4 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
3183 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Really small claims court sounds like your best bet here. It’s generally much quicker and easier than other courts and you should be able to get a judgment against this guy that way. Especially if you already know his address, sometimes that’s half the battle. I know around here you can usually get the matter taken care of in a month or two (by “matter taken care of” I mean getting a judgment, not the money, which are two different things). 

You don’t need a formal written contract, just enough to show that an agreement was reached between the parties. So don’t let that dissuade you/him from pursuing anything in small claims. 

Also I would refrain from posting anything negative about him if you have pending legal action. It probably wouldn’t make a huge difference but could potentially muddy the waters, and it seems like it’s a fairly straightforward case.  

And don’t call and pretend to be an attorney. That is not legal. 

Best of luck!



Post # 4
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Consider having your lawyer draft a letter stating what you will do if he doesn’t provide the service or the refund. You can write the letter yourself and just make sure to specify a specific date and time that you will act if he doesn’t complete the action. Also, depending on your bank, you can try filing for fraudulent charges and sometimes they’ll help you with the process.

I highly encourage you to pursue legal action. Just letting it go because it’s easiest will just allow someone else to get screwed over in the future. In my construction experience, contract law really favors the individual purchasing the service.  

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