When moving into my new place, I was re-positioning the
When moving into my new place, I was re-positioning the uhaul and accidentally tapped a small brick wall around my neighbors front yard (stupid truck recoil).I obviously left a note, and spoke with them later, and they agreed to let me have a contractor in the family fix it, with the condition that the mortar match.SO, within 2 days, the brick is relaid BUT the mortar dries the wrong color. Then, weekend hit, so project was left until monday. But, my schedule conflicts with theirs (I don't have a regular 9-5 like they apparently do). I gave my phone number to them, asking for a text/call so I would have theirs, too. None ever came, so I had ZERO way to contact them outside of watching their house and hoping they'd be home when I was.Fast forward to YESTERDAY, not even a week since the initial incident and agreement, and they've brought in a third party contractor to redo the wall (it was 8 bricks, and there were THREE guys out working on it). I didn't even get so much as a text giving me a heads up. Nothing. I FINALLY get a text later that night, informing me that the work was shoddy (obviously....it wasn't finished), and that he HAD to bring in another company. Then inquired if I'd be available to go over the estimate. I responded quickly, saying that the following day (today) I would be, after 3pm.So, this guy doesn't respond AT ALL. Until 7 pm tonight, when he demands to speak to me. Following the text up not even 10 minutes later saying we need to square this thing away now.I go over, and he again trashes the work that was done (again, not completed.....but I guess he feels the need to justify his actions?), and then hands me this estimate. FOR $400.I think this is outrageous. I have a pretty neat timeline, too. Since I left my house around 10:45am yesterday to go meet my mama for lunch, there were no contractors. I returned home around 1:30 pm, and there were 3 contractors standing around a clean wall. They stayed another hour, and left. I never saw, or heard, them do anything. AND the mortar is still the (same) wrong color, leading me to believe the contractors just cleaned the f**king brick, and hung around for a bit. So, if we assume they arrived around 11am, and left around 2:30, then that's only 3.5 hours of work, MAX.Anyways, when I inform this guy that the price comes as a surprise, and pretty steep, he begins to get a bit aggressive, saying he's already paid it (like it's somehow my fault he went behind my back to get a rush job in). I suggested he put the receipt through his home insurance, but he refuses, claiming that his premiums would raise.SO, I've got:-verbal agreement between the two of us, plus witnesses, that my contractor would handle it-The note I left him, with my phone number, imploring him to call me with any questions/concerns he has-ZERO notice of his wanting to breach our verbal contract, and hire another service-receipt simply says "wall repair" and "materials/labor" and "1 day of work." No break down of work done, no break down of unique materials used, no break down of hours, even, as they simply charged a full day, apparently.-Text messages between myself and my contractor that show intent to continue work/redo wall (and find correct color)He's got:-my note admitting fault/liability (not dated)-His mother's word that my contractor said he was "all done" (Honestly, I'm betting he meant for the day, since no professional would leave a job without cleaning it, and most people with a brain would know that....)-The receipt for $400, which he paid.So, here's my question: Am I actually liable for the work he got done and paid for? I personally think he got cheated AND was so impatient that it isn't fair that I should be left with the bill when we AGREED that I was taking care of it (therefore eliminating his need to put up any money WHATSOEVER)Where do I stand, legally?
I'm the power of Attorney for my wife's grandparents, who
I'm the power of Attorney for my wife's grandparents, who desperately need Medicaid funding. They are living in thier own home now with the assistance of thier daughter, who has had to give up her job and home just to live with them and keep them safe. They have no money, no assets, yet I've worked for the past year to get a Medicaid application accepted, and still am unsuccessful. I need help getting this done and have had no cooperation from Medicaid and at time I suspect they have acted incompetently with my applications. Can a lawyer help?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: washington. They have a reverse mortgage on thier home, and there's no value left in it.JA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: I'm currently on my 3rd medicaid application. No legal action.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Much of the confsion came from when my grandfather, who has dementia, forgot where all his life insurance policies were. I've tracked them down, cashed them out and used them to pay for their in-home care and irrevocable funeral home insurance policies.