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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for California on
Q: What is the law regarding replacing sentimental property that is damaged in the state of California

I had a leak in my ceiling in the apartment I rent. They rushed me out put me in another apartment but they damaged a lot of my property and a lot of it with sentimental value including an airplane propeller that my ex-boyfriend UPS to me when I got my bachelor's degree from flight school he... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Sep 22, 2021

This would not be an intellectual property question, but there's not really a law in regards to this. This would be more appropriately a question for the insurance company that was used to fix the ceiling. As far as I know though, most insurance companies don't give any additional value... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a 17 year old in PA. work in construction? Are their any job limitations to what they can do? Thank you

Can they climb scaffold, use power tools, mix concrete?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

17 year olds can work doing some jobs. Not scaffolds, not mixing concrete under some readings of the federal law.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Pool install-can we withhold final pymt until PROJECT completion without penalty? Contract says on concrete completion.

Contract states Final due on concrete Completion but we are getting paver coping instead of concrete. Still a huge piece of the project to be finished. Don’t feel it’s fair to give full payment with a large piece unfinished and unscheduled.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Sep 15, 2021

Contractually, you're likely obligated to make the payment. However, you may be able to renegotiate on your own or with the help of an attorney for different milestones and payments. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: what should i do if a contractor place a lien on my home?

i do owe the money but i have two problem the contractor damage over 20k of my furniture and the Mortgage company is hold the final payment because of 3500.00 they are billing for work not done.

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Sep 13, 2021

For you to get anywhere you want to be, you are going to need an attorney. Mention the term "Materialman's Lien."

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: Is a hand written contract to terminate another contract legally binding?

I had a contract with a home builder to build a house but things went bad. I asked to walk away and the builder agreed to terminate the contract in exchange for some money which I paid. We didn’t use a attorney but wrote up a simple agreement and signed it. Am I clear of the builder’s contract now?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 13, 2021

Depends on what you signed. The concept that a handwritten amendment can modify a preprinted form is true.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Construction Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Im victim of arson .fire happen august 2019, fire coming from one of the unit 3rd floor causing the whole building total

Total lost ,is been 2 years now the condo 70% done sudenly there 2 things hapend our porsonal insurance says we have to move out of tenporaly housing.and the unit that cause fire lawyer text us about how much amount that they(farmers) owe us. I dont want answer i need advice

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 7, 2021

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal and the loss of your home to fire. When you say you want advice, not answer, you may need to consider a consult with an attorney (if you don't have one already, where the attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Criminal Law and Environmental for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the law about distance of a dispensary to a baseball field in Oklahoma?

Distance of baseball field to dispensary

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 7, 2021

There is not one. The limitation is in reference to a public or private school, so unless this baseball field is on school property, then there is no restriction currently.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue my builder for not repairing the stairs before closing? He refuses to redo the stairs and seed the acre like

The contract states. He says it was seeded but me or my realtor do not see it was done. The stairs were not properly stained. How can I sue him. It took him 13 months to finish our build.

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 2, 2021

Without reading the contract, I cannot give you specific advice, but it does sound like you have a case, call a local lawyer and see if you can set up a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I did some concrete work for a contractor and he says the home owner is refusing to pay. How do I get my money ?

Contractor says I need to file a lien on the homeowner but I’m not sure who is responsible when generally I’d be paid by the contractor.

James A. Greer
James A. Greer answered on Aug 27, 2021

Dear Unpaid Subcontractor: Your options for getting paid are two-fold: (A) a breach of contract claim against the General Contractor and/or (B) a mechanic's lien processing against the Homeowner. Clearly, you are not "required" to pursue the Homeowner (as intimated by the GC)... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: My builder is not providing accurate accounting for the last draw of my construction loan. He refuses to correct it.

My husband and I have been living in the house since may. The builder states all the invoices are in but at the same time adds a quote in our change order that states he has a right to add invoices that may come in the future. It’s clear he’s overrun his costs and is trying to get us to pay... Read more »

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Aug 24, 2021

It is not clear if construction is complete, although I am making that assumption because you are living in the house. If construction is complete, I would presume you have been tendered a final bill, which you have been able to review and either approve by issuing payment or by asking questions as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Maryland on
Q: I hired a window installation company to replace windows. Unbeknownst to me, they used subcontractors.

1. I would have never hired a company to subcontract. Can they do this if it wasn't in the contract?

2. The original window installation company continues to refuse to provide a lien release from the subcontractors. Again, and again.

Is there any way to force them to... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Aug 11, 2021

If the contract does not prohibit it, they can use subcontractors. Why do you need a lien release? Have they filed a lien? It is unlikely that a window replacement contract would be a large enough percentage of your property value to qualify for a mechanics lien. Why have they sued you? Not enough... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: I had to have my whole house restored after a fire. It was a botched job what can I do?

I was told I would have like material and clearly cheaper, trimming coming undone, closet doors falling off, shingles on roof are buckled, upstairs bathroom leaking downstairs, clumps of putty where it should be smooth, dry wall is easily damaged.

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Aug 11, 2021

To fully answer your question, the contract would have to be reviewed. On a general basis, a contractor typically provides a warranty and so the issues you have described would likely fall within the warranty. Independent of any warranty, if the contractor did not complete the scope of work or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Ohio on
Q: need advice with mechanic's lien

field a lien against property owner. need to know if I should file against property lessee

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 2, 2021

A mechanic's lien must be filed against the party who contracted for the work. If a contract is with a tenant, then the lien must be filed against the tenant's leasehold interest. If the owner was not a party to the contract, then a lien file against the owner would not be effective... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Construction Law for California on
Q: Can I sue for drug test mix up? If so, who gets sued, the clinic or lab?

I needed to do a drug test for a new company that was going to employ me and when I went to the urgent care to do so, my employer calls me 2 days later to tell me that my urine was mixed up with someone else. I want to take legal action but not if I have a case or not.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 30, 2021

It is not likely that you could so anyone.

Just go back and do another test. It is that simple.

The law does not provide valid legal claims for mere inconvenience.

Good luck to you.

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Q: I Want to Open Hydrogen Station, I wanted to Know about its Legal Formalities etc. In USA
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 28, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. It could be difficult for any attorney to meaningfully advise on the formalities you ask about in the brief format of this forum. There are many things to consider, whether from an intellectual property standpoint... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Environmental and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: Wrong size natural gas pipe in kitchen ? Who is responsible ?

Recently we moved into a 2004 8 story condo in IL without an inspection. We noticed that we were getting a very low pressure and after a while an orange flame started to be visible. I contacted the management and board who said that nobody else in the building had similar issue and since it only... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 27, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. You could try asking the City, but it seems unlikely they would become involved in a private dispute involving an HOA where an owner had opportunity for inspection. In terms of public authorities, you could check... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I'm a tenant at an apt bldg. They were given a 45 day notice to do an inspection. Am i obligated to pay rent ?

the company has 45 days to higher a structural designer to certify the bldg is in habitable condition, or, pull permits and do the repairs in that timespan. Am i obligated to pay rent under these conditions, knowing the bldg is poss going to be evacuated for repairs or possibly shut down?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Jul 20, 2021

Of course you are required to pay rent.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: I work for a restoration contracting franchise can we bring civil litigation against an insurance carrier that owes us $

1 insurance carrier owes us almost $20k going back to Labor Day 2020. Can we sue for that?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Jul 22, 2021

If the insurer had agreed to pay for your work as opposed to the insured then the insurer may be liable. If your contract/ agreement is with the insured- and the insurer is supposed to pay the insured- then your customer may have to pursue the insurer and your remedy may be against your customer-... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Maryland on
Q: What does this code mean TA-21-103a in (Maryland) mean. Was pulled over due to confusion of construction cones
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 16, 2021

The code section you site does not specifically refer to a construction zone violation, but is as follows: “A person may not willfully disobey any lawful order or direction of any police officer.” So the assumption is, a police officer was directing you to do something and you didn’t do it,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I use Ogx by Johnson and Johnson. I seen the law suit,How do we go about joining law suit

I have been using this product for multiple years and have had significant hair loss

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 9, 2021

I suggest contacting the law firm(s) who filed the class action so they can make sure you are included. From the Pleadings, I see the firms are:

1. Shub Law Firm in Haddonfield, NJ

2. Sciolla Law Firm in Philadelphia, PA

3. Whitfield Bryson in Raliegh, NC.

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