so the low-life handyman sent me a bill

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Registered: 12-03-2006
so the low-life handyman sent me a bill
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Thu, 10-31-2013 - 12:41am

Now he also tag on a charge of $40 for spending an hour calling the police.

I didn't want him to call the police but he did. Now charges me for the time and threatens to sue me for the labor and cost for time to prepare for the case if we go to court.

I went through all our correspondence, initially I wrote an email to him telling him I wanted certain tihngs done but after he came to my house the first time I explained things in more details and add things to the list and took something off the list when I realized things weren't going fast enough. I never went back and correct the original list. Other than that we didn't have anything in writing.

Do you think that email can be used against me? for instance, on the email I said to make me a new attic cover. When he came to my house the first day, I realized the edeges of the attic opening are in bad shape so I told him repeatetly I wanted that fixed as well but I never added on the list.

I read in California, an unlicensed handy man cannot do more than $500 worth of work labor and material included and would not be able to collect beyond that amt. I already paid him over $600.

 

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 11-04-2013 - 12:18pm

I suppose that if he's mentally unstable, he could.  But right now he's threatening to sue you.  So maybe you should just ignore him.  I have never been frightened by another party in a divorce case (even though sometimes you hear of a lawyer being shot by the opposing person).  At least now they have metal detectors when you go into court--when I first started, they didn't.  I'm not the type to get nervous about things that are unlikely to happen.  My ex's SIL is an asst. US attorney in Miami.  She used to prosecute big drug dealers.  I asked her if that didn't make her nervous and she said no, because if they killed one prosecutor, someone else would take over, so it really wouldn't help them (unlike say killing a key witness).  she did have police protection sometimes though.

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