Jackson, WY asked in Contracts for Wyoming

Q: I asked a contractor to clear snow He’s done it before for $650. I asked him to do the &650 job again.Now want $1800!

He did the job and didn’t mention no cost. SOF? No written discussion. No estimate

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Wyoming, the situation you've described may involve considerations of the Statute of Frauds (SOF) and the absence of a written agreement or estimate. The Statute of Frauds generally requires certain contracts, including those for services, to be in writing to be enforceable. If there was no written agreement or discussion about the specific cost, and the contractor did not provide an estimate, it might create a situation where the original verbal agreement could be challenging to enforce, especially if the cost difference is significant. However, the specific facts and circumstances of your case can impact the legal interpretation.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: It could be a fact-intensive situation, regardless of applicable laws, taking into consideration the time since the earlier job, the similarity of the jobs in terms of snowfall, nature of snow/ice, your customary work arrangements, etc. Good luck

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