Employment Law

Employment law questions? Ask an employment lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Need advice about a contractor who I paid 3600$ and have not…

Customer Question
Hi, need advice about...

Hi, need advice about a contractor who I paid 3600$ and have not completed the job. He used a contract that was with a previous partner who was no longer in business with him. He and I signed the contract.The contract states everything he would do for $12800 total remodel. He required me to put 3600 down and is not doing the work.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Texas

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

The only thing hes done is tear down sheet rock of a wall that is approx 6ft across during a 4 week period. He said he would do 3600 worth of work and he is ending the contract. i asked him to rewrite the contract based on 3600 worth of work. Have not heard from him. He doesnt take my calls but will only text.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Employment Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Answered in 9 minutes by:
11/13/2017
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 12,279
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court
Verified

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. Because I want to provide you with the most accurate answer possible, do you mind if I take a moment to review your question?

Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only.

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
please review my questions. I can send you the contract if you would like
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

Hi, thanks for your patience. This appears to be a breach of contract based on the failure to perform within a reasonable time if you have paid him money, but he has not done anything. This is common among some contractors. Courts regularly look toward the Uniform Commercial Code as their guide, since many states have adopted this code into their own statutes. Under UCC Section 2-309(1), the law says that each party has a reasonable time to perform if it is not expressly stated in the contract. What is considered “reasonable” is a matter of fact and depends on the circumstances, but it is an argument that you would have to make that it is unreasonable. Regardless, there is a legal basis for your particular claim. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for advising of a breach of contract. It's a bit easier (and cheaper) than going through litigation and I have seen it be effective in the past. If this doesn’t work, sadly, the only other option is to either go through an informal mediation or file a lawsuit in your local court. This website is also pretty cool because they have some state-specific breach of contract forms that you can use as well. Click here to choose your state started.

What other questions did you have for me?

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
how do i file a law suit my self
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

You can always file a lawsuit in the county where the contractor's main business is. Presumably you live in the same county. You can go to the courthouse (the civil section) and ask for any local forms that are needed to file a small claims lawsuit. You could also go down to your district court as well and file a lawsuit there. TX is notorious for not providing information online, so you may have to go to the court to find out for sure. However, you could get started with the attached 28 line pleading paper and file that, pay the fee, and then have it served on the other party. Did you have any other questions for me?

Ask Your Own Employment Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an employment lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Legal Eagle Your Own Question
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 12,279
12,279 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court

Legal Eagle is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I must thank you all for such a positive and knowledgeable Expert in your Employment Law category. She has provided much relief and answers for me in the midst of dealing with a case. I am totally pleased with her customer service and care.

MildredWashington, DC

Excellent direction from Socrateaser to help me preserve and pursue my rights as a proud American who has become unemployed in this messed-up economic downfall. Thank you

Happy CustomerDenver, CO

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

8,184 satisfied customers

JD, BBA, recognized by ABA for excellence.

Allen M., Esq.

Allen M., Esq.

Employment Lawyer

12,976 satisfied customers

Employment/Labor Law Litigation

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

12,406 satisfied customers

Licensed Attorney with 29 yrs. exp in Employment Law

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

12,335 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping employers and employees.

JB Umphrey

JB Umphrey

Lawyer

6,273 satisfied customers

Assisting employees and employers for over 14 years.

John

John

Employment Lawyer

3,991 satisfied customers

Exclusively practice labor and employment law.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

3,007 satisfied customers

I provide employment and discrimination law advice in my own practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Employment Law Questions
I'm looking for assistance with an employment law quesrion.
I'm looking for assistance with an employment law quesrion … read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
5 satisfied customers
General employment law questions to determine what is broken
General employment law questions to determine what is broken and severance negotiations … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Can you help with Ohio employment law questions? None yet.
None yet. It is concerning anonymous complaints. I'm a front line leader and continue to get anonymous complaints. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I'm not sure if this is qualifies as a employment law
I'm not sure if this is qualifies as a employment law question, but here go: … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Just had a couple of questions regarding employment laws for
just had a couple of questions regarding employment laws for Exempt Full time salaried employee … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,869 satisfied customers
Do you deal with employment law? A company is running a
a company is running a background check on me I was just wondering if I need to disclose a civil lawsuit that was dismissed almost 7 years ago … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
My case is a employment law case. I was terminated on
i was terminated on 8/2/2017 and asking the court for my job back,. … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,869 satisfied customers
I have a question on employment law, particularly during the
i have a question on employment law, particularly during the termination process and two weeks notice policies … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
32,993 satisfied customers
I have a question about employment law and whether I have a
Hello, I have a question about employment law and whether I have a case. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I wanted to consult with an employment law lawyer to ask
Hi I wanted to consult with an employment law lawyer to ask questions regarding a severance pay package I received yesterday upon termination … read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
I was fired in breach of contract, they can fire me without
I was fired in breach of contract, they can fire me without reason but they have to give 7 days notice. There was also workplace harrassment, bullying, retaliation, sexual harrassment, theft and unpai… read more
Attorney Wendy
Attorney Wendy
Member
Juris Doctorate
962 satisfied customers
I have an employment law question. At will, salaried. Can a
Can a non compete, non disclosure contract for employment be voided if the person was on psychiatric medication for 2 months before signing it?… read more
Roy Hadavi
Roy Hadavi
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
1,223 satisfied customers
Looking for employment law guidance - regarding an employee
Hi. Looking for employment law guidance - regarding an employee that has gone on disability but we believe is falcifying her condition. … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have a question about employment law in regards to a
I have a question about employment law in regards ***** ***** employer who has not paid me final commmisions … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Have a question related to employment law. All of the
Have a question related to employment law JA: Was this discussed with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer? Customer: All of the above... JA: Is the workplace "at will" or union? Is the job hourly or sal… read more
Allen M., Esq.
Allen M., Esq.
Employment Lawyer
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
12,976 satisfied customers
Employment law question regarding settlement language -- my
Employment law question regarding settlement language -- my former employer will not sign a mutual non-disparagement - I have full disparagement but they only wants to limit to a few employees - more … read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,420 satisfied customers
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for
Employment law Constructive dismissal as retaliation for sexual harassment and FMLA limitations… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
3,545 satisfied customers
Apart from breach of contract, when an employer a 1099
Apart from breach of contract, when an employer a 1099 independent contractor and provides information regarding policies and procedures (given months after a contract was signed) which must be follow… read more
John
John
Employment Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,991 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x