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I had the mechanic's lien in place prior to hiring my attorney to foreclose on it. That was last June. Obviously, I'm outside of my time-line to refile for another mechanic's lien.
My attorney bolted (relieved himself of the case) last week when he realized what he had done (failed to do). So now, after paying him thousands and thousands of dollars - not knowing I had no case since last July, I'm wondering if the defendant can now come back and sue me for his own legal expenses all this time?
I've been told that as a General Contractor, if the defendant does come back and try to recover his own legal expenses - and actually wins, he can then send a copy to the CSLB, and they will suspend my contractor's license until I pay the defendant in full. Is this true?
At the end of the day - I completed a remodel. I paid all the subs. The defendant said he was very happy with my work (in writing).... then the excuses for not paying his bill started. That's why the lien was filed in the first place. It sounds like I'm in a world of shyt now - and I don't know what to do. (I have no attorney now, and the defense attorney wants a full lien release no later than Monday at noon). What can I do?
Thank you so much for your help. It kills me, but I will sign off on the lien release - thus losing all the money that was due to me for the work I completed on the construction project. And after paying my attorney $16,000+ for his "services" - I guess I will have to just suck it up.
You have been so helpful to me! Thank you again! (Is there a way to "tip" you?)
S, Thank you for your kind words and your generosity. I understand where you are coming from. DO talk to local counsel about perhaps seeking reimbursement from the previous attorney for the foul up... Good luck.
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