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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: I paid a contractor. He didn't pay a company. Can that company put a lien on my property?

I hired a contractor to do some dirt work on my property. I paid him via checks that all cleared. Now, 5 months later, the dirt company that he bought the dirt from, has sent me a letter saying that he did not pay them the final $1295 that he owed them. They say in their letter that they tried... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

The company that provided the dirt for your property may have the right to file a lien against your property if they haven't been paid for the materials supplied. However, whether they can actually do so depends on the laws and regulations in your specific jurisdiction. In some cases, lien... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Am I responsible for a Change Order AFTER the project has been completed?

I had a fire suppression system (fire sprinklers) install at my business.

We had a signed contract describing the work done and the agreed amount. Just prior to the start of the project the city required them to change where they would connect to the city waterline. I was aware they would... View More

Simone Nisbett
Simone Nisbett
answered on Jan 16, 2024

In order to give you a proper analysis on your options, it would be necessary to have an attorney review your particular contract. Each contract for building projects is different, but a good one should usually contain several clauses explaining liability for change orders, when/how to dispute... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: If I am on a construction site that is on private property, can the security company legally ask me for my ID?

I work on a construction site. It is privately owned. In order to enter the site, the owner requires everyone to get a badge, obtained using a US driver's license. When entering the site, you must badge in at the security gate. My question is, after you badge in and begin working, is it legal... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

On private property, such as your construction site, the property owner or their representative, like a security company, generally has the right to establish security protocols. This can include requiring identification at various points, not just at the entrance. It's part of their effort to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction Law and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: 10/27/2023 lost my job for damaging a piece of equipment I was not operatoratng and then found out fired for drugs I

I don't do plus I was never asked or even told anything about this until my ex boss told me in text it was cause there was suspicion I was on drugs witch I wasn't

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 8, 2023

If you know who falsely told your employer that you damaged a piece of equipment and/or were on drugs, you may have a viable claim for defamation against that individual.

With respect to your employer, in the absence of a written employment agreement that precludes your employer from...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction Law and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: 10/27/2023 lost my job for damaging a piece of equipment I was not operatoratng and then found out fired for drugs I

I don't do plus I was never asked or even told anything about this until my ex boss told me in text it was cause there was suspicion I was on drugs witch I wasn't

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

Your situation raises several legal concerns. Firstly, being terminated for damaging equipment you weren't operating seems unjust, especially if there's no evidence implicating you. It's important to review any employment contracts or company policies you were subject to, as they... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Money owed on Invoices filed to Homeowners insurance and only partially paid with no denial letters

Contractor sued resident for balance before bills even 30 days late. No opportunity to Arbitrate

Anthony DiUlio
Anthony DiUlio
answered on Dec 6, 2023

While I do not practice in TX, I may be able to provide some general guidance. I am assuming this was a covered loss and that what you are asking is what you can do when a carrier doesn't pay for invoices related to repairs from that covered loss. There are two main options you have and one... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Foundation company says after 3 months they won’t honor warranty due to not watering

Foundation was done 4 months ago, due to not watering regularly they are saying they will not fix. They told me they need to add 10 piers and adjust everything they did and want to charge me 6k. What can I do here?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 4, 2023

The warranties provided by many foundation repair companies specifically address drainage, foliage, and moisture issues that can profoundly affect the performance of any building foundation.

If your warranty requires you as the homeowner to properly water the soil around your foundation,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: I had a foundation company do work about 3 months ago. They are not honoring warranty.

They did work, said because of the summer drought and not watering the foundation has jumps in the floor now and it’s needs adjustments and 10 more piers. What do I do?

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answered on Dec 2, 2023

In your situation, the first step is to thoroughly review the warranty provided by the foundation company. Understand the terms and conditions, especially those related to drought conditions and the requirement for additional piers.

If you believe the company is not honoring their warranty...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: home builder refuses to fix foundation, lawyer said I’m outside of statute of limitations to sue (4 years), what do i do

Built in 2019, added extra piers to ensure the foundation was good ($5600 extra). House begins to crack on inside and outside. Call builder out, they say it’s normal settling. Ok. It gets worse, fireplace coming off wall, huge cracks outside, no door will stay shut or lock. Builder claims... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 27, 2023

It depends upon the terms of your contract, when your claim accrued, and when you discovered--or by exercising reasonable diligence should have discovered--the material facts giving rise to your claim. The date of substantial completion of your home may trigger what is called the "statute of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get sued by a home builder for backing out of contract because rates have gone up and my monthly payment is more?

My initial interest rates when got in pre construction contract was at 5.6% and know rates have gone up to 7.5% and our monthly payments have jumped up $300+ from when we gone in to contract. We wrote home builders saying that we may be holding off due to high rates, and wait a year or so. Then... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 10, 2023

The answer to your question depends on what the Third Party Financing Addendum to your earnest money contract says. Whatever financing option you selected usually has a provision that reads "with interest not to exceed ___ % per annum." The Buyer is usually required to apply for a loan... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: How do I file a lawsuit against someone who owes me around 30k?

This is for services rendered.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 29, 2023

Given the small amount involved, you might consider filing in county court at law pro se. Unfortunately, the jurisdictional limits of our JP courts is $20,000.

You might consider hiring an attorney if you are certain the proposed Defendant has more than sufficient non-exempt assets to...
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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: How do I file a lawsuit against someone who owes me around 30k?

This is for services rendered.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2023

Addendum - some court systems (and legal form companies) offer templates for documents, such as summons and complaints, etc. If you do contemplate handling the matter yourself, these can serve as a reference (although actual documents would need to be tailored to the specific action). Good luck

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: How do I file a lawsuit against someone who owes me around 30k?

This is for services rendered.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2023

Most court systems have do-it-yourself guidance for pro se litigants. If you feel more comfortable having an attorney handle the matter, try to arrange a free initial consult. That might help in your decision-making process. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Hello, We have issue with Building Erector that was supposed to finish steel building for us and quit & no communication

We have a issue with our Building Erector that was supposed to finish a steel building for us which will be our home. We hired him back in June. He told us that they could finish it in within two weeks but we knew it would take them about a month because we thought two weeks is pretty fast but one... View More

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

Sorry to hear your problems.

The lien could only be from a supplier of materials.

If the contractor supplied the materials, you can reject any lien or attempt for the same.

You should get 2 different bids to finish the work.

In each bid u should require a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: We have general contractor who has abandoned the project, and has not paid the subcontractors. He has done subpar work.

Because the contractor walked off the job, we had a home inspector come out and inspect for structural integrity. He found that over half of the load bearing walls must be repaired due to being crooked. All the windows have to be removed, and header and footer boards installed. The exterior doors... View More

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answered on Aug 3, 2023

Yes, you have stated facts that support suing the contractor for damages for breaching the contract and a cause of action for a breach of the Implied Warranty of Workmanship, whether the contract was written or oral, if your claim can be filed within the applicable statute of limitations.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Communications Law, Construction Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: If I bought a house with foundation issues, but were told those issues were corrected and they weren’t. what can I do

I purchased a house with cash about a year ago. The inspector said on his report that it had pier and beam foundation issues. This was addressed with the owner and he told me that he already had a foundation crew come in and do some work and it has already been fixed it the best they could and new... View More

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answered on Jul 29, 2023

Your only real move is to sue the seller. This can be successful if you have good paperwork showing that the seller was aware of the problem and then asserted that he fixed the problem. There is more to a lawsuit than that, but that is the bare minimum you will need for proof.

See a good...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: I purchased a home 8 years ago & the builder did not level the foundation. Major cracks and issues. What can I do?

Major "settling" cracks throughout the home. One portion of drywall has pulled away from another in an upstairs corner.

Am I entitled to anything? What can I do? What's a reasonable settlement?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 12, 2023

You may or may not have a valid claim depending upon the extent of the deflection or tilt measured by your structural engineer and what he determines is the cause. The foundation and major structural components of a home are subject to a minimum warranty period of ten years from the date of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Who do you sue if you have a new build house (1 1/2 yrs) that, since day one has had major issues, foundation,

Water leakage, sewer issues, window casings cracking out. All documented emails, pictures and work done so far.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 24, 2023

Common defendants in such a lawsuit include the builder, the soils engineer, the foundation design engineer, the foundation subcontractor who built the foundation, and the landscape design engineer who designed the landscaping.

It really depends upon what your structural engineer expert...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: New built house (4 months) infested by termites. What can I do against builder? Even if treated, value is no so down.

Hi, We bought a brand new built house from a Builder mid December 2022 in Katy, TX.

3 months ago, my wife suspected termites. We called the builder company and the pest control company linked to the builder: They suspected termites but then they said it is not...

We got an... View More

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answered on Apr 27, 2023

A refund on a house purchase is a rare event. The hardest part of bringing such a case in your situation is proving that the termites were already in the house when you bought it. The second part of proof that you will need is that the contract did not say the house was sold "AS IS."... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Texas on
Q: Bought house from OpenDoor (not app, OpenDoor owned) passed inspection, but we found extensive termite damage live mites

OpenDoor was the owner/seller. We had it inspected before closing and it was noted it had been treated for termites but no mention of damage or live mites. We paid full price because opendoor would not negotiate price. After closing we found extensive termite damage and live mites. Many of the... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 30, 2023

In order to prevail in a lawsuit against the seller, you will need to prove that the seller was aware of the termite damage and infestation and that the damage and infestation were hidden such that they could not have been discovered before you purchased the home.

You mention the inspection...
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