Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Florida

Q: Client's lawyer demanding we finish his project he has needlessly delayed. We responded but haven't heard from them

In our letter, I told him to get a separate permit for an illegal roof repair he did while we were doing his addition; urged him to get his flooring and cabinets as we had previously agreed; and went over all the work that he privately contracted with our subs behind our backs that he is now complaining about. We know their marriage has broken up and wife wants half the house once it's done. This job is almost 2 years old for something we should have finished last year. We want to walk off but don't know what the process is. I have all my texts and emails to him before the lawyer letter, where I outlined how we were going to proceed but then never heard from him again until the lawyer. Should I write a letter removing us from the job or wait and see what he comes up with? A mutual friend believes he is stalling becs of the divorce and that he doesnt want the house finished because of the money he'll lose. Thanks.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: This sounds to me like a Mexican standoff coupled with a "B" rated chick flick. So rather than try to answer a question that hasn't been asked all I will do is advise you--the general contractor--to stop playing lawyer and hire one-quick. The lawyer you hire will probably tell you to stick to general contracting and let them respond to the lawyer your customer (they are not your "client") hired.

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