Job Contracts #2: Part 2 - Always get in writing

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Blog entry by falegniam posted 08-29-2010 05:38 PM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJ members,
The motion to reconsider judgment did not go well. I lost again. This makes twice for the same case that should been settled with just a mediator. I had help with the preparation for the motion to reconsider the judgment, still results in a lose. The person that the court uses for small claims is an unqualified individual to say the least. I went to some lengths to prepare a well thought out defense, which she didn’t even read. I can only come to the conclusion that this is just pure laziness, but what can we do about it. I can only ask myself, how these people live with themselves. What thoughts do they have when they lay their head on that pillow. Do they ask themselves, what kind of person am I, or what kind of person have I turned out to be. Am I proud of who I am, and what I do.
I’m not a perfect person of course, none of us are, but we know right from wrong.
All that time I spent thinking about it, and telling myself it was the right thing to do, to fight for what was right. All wasted efforts, and I’m in the right 100%, doesn’t mean anything in court. Now, can we waste more time, and money trying to fight loosing battles? I say “we”, and not I, because it’s a national, or an international concern when it comes to legal situations. It’s a problem “we will” all have if we don’t get things in writing. A hand shake “is not” any type of guarantee. It has never been, not even in the good ol’ days. Even back then people screwed each other. It happened a lot less, but it still happened. So, for myself, I will listen to that voice of reason that doesn’t usually let us down, and not do business with anyone again without a contract. Nor will I do business with an individual that I feel is not trustworthy right from the start. You know when that voice in your head that says…..there is something about this guy or girl that doesn’t sit right with me. I will regret the coming days if I associate myself with this person. I will listen to that voice from now on. Make no mistake about it, these untrustworthy people come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Proverbs have been written for a reason. My new favorite. “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”... This is the only rule to live by.
Looking at a couple of people, and saying….. I trust that one, and not the other, because of the clothes, hair, age, size, nationality, car, house, neighborhood they live in, even financial status could be the one big mistake we make.
The only way to not work for free, is to get it in writing. Period.

“No signed detail contract, no job”.

You want me to build you a picnic table? What size, what material, finished or unfinished. How high, how low, Delivered or pickup, galvanized hardware, or zink plated. Benches or no benches. Attached, or not attached. When do you want it by. Half now, half when it’s done.

I have a fortune cookies that reads:
Success is in the details.

I guess this is a good thing, since this will help prevent anymore situations going this far.

Good luck to all, Falegniam

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 06:09 PM

Good bit of advice on getting signed contracts to protect both parties and clarify what is being done, by who and for how much.
Learn from it and move on or it will eat you up inside. Easy for me to say as I have no emotional or financial ties to the situation.
Good luck

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 07:13 PM

“A verbal contract is only worth the paper that it’s written on.”

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 07:22 PM


-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 09:29 PM

Yep, always get contracts in writing. I learned that a long time ago.

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 09:32 PM

I’ve bee preaching that for a good long while. Still you can get abraded or swindled when you legal system is lame.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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