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I do have all my wire information, but I am not sure about the type of contract. I went to tour his facility and he came to Illinois with a co-worker to measure the hull. He printed an estimate while I was there and he emailed a contract to me about a few days later. What is a brief description of what an executed contract should include. On a related note, I paid over $5000 for slip rent last year in expectation of delivery. Could it be included in my suit? Also, could I ask for the cost associated with suing him (i.e. attorney's fees, travel to/from California for the tour and/or the lawsuit)?
What about the $5000 for the slip I rented last summer in preparation for the boat and the travel fees? Can they be included in the suit?
In regard to the slip fees, like I said above, IF you can prove a completion date under the contract, you would have a claim for the $5000 slip fees, but if you don't have a completion date written in the contract, then it is not likely that you could recover this money. This is so because there was no written guarantee/written promise to deliver at that point in time.
Also, your travel fees aren't likely recoverable. Most courts do not allow for this. The good news is that if you hire an attorney, you probably won't have to make but 1 trip out there for this.