Crazy mess

Any advice would be appreciated. I helped with a construction project a few years ago along with my father and two brothers. My father has since passed away. The homeowner acted as the general contractor, signing all permits, calling for inspectio without oru knowledge, requiring her consent for any purchases, etc. We were barely into the job when she completely lost her mind and kicked everyone off the job. I was only helping part time and made approximately $3,000. She is now suing my father's estate, myself and my brothers, etc for $500,000 saying that the house is ruined. We were all paid as hourly employees. None of us signed any type of contract stating anything. Any suggestions as to what to do?
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  • Elizabeth Coe Elizabeth Coe on Apr 15, 2013
    my son went thru the same thing and I would suggest getting a lawyer yourself... since you never signed anything or had any type of contract then I don't think she has a leg to stand on... she can sue all she wants but she had no contract like she should have and since she kicked you off the job then she is looking for someone to blame for her mistake... but just to be on the safe side talk to a lawyer yourself and make sure I'm right. I wish you alot of luck with this and you are diff. in my prayers. hugz sweetie

  • Susan Susan on Apr 15, 2013
    it's very, very important for you to have a lawyer. It's a misconception that there is no contract is there's nothing in writing...there are verbal contracts, implied contracts, etc. this area of law can be complicated and messy, especially is she has an attorney and you don't. Hope all goes well for you!

  • Kevin Veler this one is for you.

  • Jennifer, you indicate that a lawsuit has been filed and I am assuming that you have been served. The timing is now VERY IMPORTANT. You have 30 days from the date of service to respond to avoid a default. If you have not already retained legal counsel to represent you, you should do so right away. Of course I am available and it appears that you have a number of potential defenses. There may also be insurance or other issues. If there was a construction company you may not have individual liability other than for your alleged negligence. The inspection reports, the permits in the name of the homeowner are all important. Because this is a public forum and anyone may read it, including the plaintiff homeowner, I would not recommend discussing this in a public forum. You should discuss your rights, options, remedies and strategy with an attorney in private. Feel free to check my website at or call me at 770.752.0990.

  • Euroshake Euroshake on Apr 16, 2013
    Speak with Kevin or other attorney of your choice asap. A default judgment is very difficult to unwind if at all. Gather all documents you may have including emails and while everything is fresh in your mind write down a history of you contacts or conversations with the plaintiff.

  • Capernius Capernius on May 03, 2015
    step #1.......get a lawyer step #2.......gather any papers, or evidence to show that you & the rest were fired before the job was finished. Step #3)......pray like there is no tomorrow.... Step #4.......try to get as much evidence against her as you can. talk to people, ask Qs, etc... There are things that your lawyer can do that you can not.(checking into her financial background, medical background, etc) If she has any kind of mental illness, that will work to your she was diagnosed at the time or not makes no difference...that illness(if she has one) would explain her will not excuse them, but it may explain them & get you all off the $500,000 hook.