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I contracted someone to build a new deck to...

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4 Aug 2021

I contracted someone to build a new deck to be installed at the end of May. He took my deposit
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Maine
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have tried to work with him but he keeps giving excuses, such as weather and personal reasons as why he can't do the job.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I gave him a deposit of $3800 in the middle of May. He had an employee come to demolish the deck two weeks later he has given me one excuse after the other since.
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4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

Hello! My name is ***** ***** I'm a licensed attorney. I'm here to provide you with excellent service. Kindly allow me a moment to review your question.

4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

I’m so sorry to hear that this contractor never came to do the job. Did you have a contract with him?

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
Yes
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Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

Did the contract have a start date?

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
May29th
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

I see. You can write him a demand letter stating that he is in breach of the contract. If he doesn’t start it, then you will go to small claims court and sue him. You can even have a lawyer write it for you.

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
I have heard that I can contact the local district attorney on fraud charges if he never started the work or delivered any material. Is that true?
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Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

Yes, you can make a claim against them with your attorney general.

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Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
I'd really like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but feel thoroughly exhausted. I have a 93 year old Mom that was hospitalized 4 times in the last year and wants nothing more to sit outside and enjoy the backyard, however she can't because the deck is torn up.
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

I’m so sorry about your mom. You can either sue civilly or make a complaint with the attorney general or do both. A demand letter may be the best place to start.

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
I can't afford to do that. I lost my job last year when covid started. Taking care of her, my unemployment recently ran out and now living on limited income
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

I’m so sorry. You can send him a letter stating such yourself and see what he does.

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
Thank you
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4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

Do you have any follow-up questions?

4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
I don't think so. I appreciate your time.
4 Aug 2021
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4 Aug 2021
KarraK
KarraK

I hope I have answered your question. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for using our site and for trusting me to answer your questions.

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