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Was not impressed at all, paid $2000 for nothing to be done, constantly having to call to be updated and then Kevin up and quit stating he didn't feel we thought he was doing his job. Pretty obvious he wasn't as not a single thing was done to help us or fight for what we paid for.
I can't say enough about how satisfied I was with Ms. Tucker.She was very organized, focused, prompt, very attentive to my problem, and personable. Her guidance through the legal process was invaluable to me! She was worth every penny of her fee!!! In my case, we ended up in court. Ms.Tucker was very organized, concise, and presented a great defense. I don't think I could have had a better attorney! Thank you Ms. Tucker!
Would Never recommend this office. Make other calls! Keep looking!
Glenn & Daniels has been fantastic to work with. I had a very complicated case that took over 3 years and John Daniels was there every step of the way. The whole staff was simply amazing! Still can't believe the huge settlement. Huge thanks to the firm. I would HIGHLY recommend them to everyone.
Me Carroll will develop a great plan, sell you on the plan but fails to EXECUTE said plan. He did a half ass job on my son's revocation hearing and Tyler his assistant admitted it! The appeal was a joke an AODA assessment was never completed the written argument regarding the time requested by the PO was never completed I had to call twice a day every day for a week to get any response from the arrogant staff they act as though they are much better than you and are not timely or helpful. Still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we hire an atty to help and ended up with a sentence 3 times longer than was originally requested. The only reason I was given for everyone at this firm consistently dropping the ball is (and I quote) I'm a busy guy... doing what I ask? He's a money hungry hack that doesn't give his cases the attention they need. He is really good at cashing the checks and lecturing you on the law rather than actually helping DO NOT HIRE!
In April 2017 I was leaving a bar after drinking what I believe was over the legal limit. While driving the speed limit dropped from 55 to 35mph, this was where the officer was sitting. I was pulled over by the Neenah PD for driving 19mph over the limit in what also resulted in a refusal to administer a breathalyzer. I later discovered in Wisconsin your better off blowing then refusing, but I digress. I contacted attorney Vanessa Tucker ofIntrepid Law. She was very professional, to the point and realistic about my case. She got the 19mph over ticket completely removed, no in car breathalyzer, and only a 7 month revocation of my license. Please keep in mind the MINIMUM is 6 months! I understand that when people like myself get into trouble you hope and sometimes expect when hiring an attorney to get the whole case dropped. The problem is that is just not realistic at all. I'm not saying it doesn't happen but when it does, it's due to a big mistake on the arresting officer i.e pulled you over without probable cause, etc. In my case and most likely in your case, you got pulled over for a reason. In my humble opinion attorney Vanessa Tucker did as good as anyone could hope for. I would highly recommend her if you find yourself in the unfortunate O.W.I/ refusal situation.
From the very first day I contacted them, I was impressed! I received a response back from Attorney Tim Helbing within just a couple hours. He helped me through the whole process, always made me feel at ease, answered all my questions, and almost always got back to me within a few hours when he wasn't immediately available! He made the whole process run smoothly and quickly and much easier than I expected. I'd recommend his firm to anyone!
6 years after Tim helped me through a difficult time in my life filing bankruptcy, I needed some further assistance. 1 phone call and 45 min later Tim was able to help me more than I could have imagined, no questions asked. He was able to help me through my bankruptcy 110% and beyond. Professional, caring and sensitive to my situation. Worth every penny, I HIGHLY recommend using Tim and/or the Helbing Law Firm.Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
I had only 3 stars rating for Professionalism it was I thought marked 5 stars and that's what the Robinson Law firm is an ALL around 5 STAR firm on anything to do with this OUTSTANDING law firmSorry if this caused any questions about the GREAT law firm of Robinson Law group
Tyler J Claringbole is A cheater, liar, robber. Shame on herrling clark in order to make a dirty money he made a fake case and bribe someone in courthouse ,mail the document to unknown person's address. use this way to stop me showing to the courthouse and made a defraud judgement against me. Now the business owner close bussiness-fuji sushi buffet and I lost my job I want to know that is how herrling Clark, Tyler J Claringbole went to law school to learn this special skill-cheating? or this is the fact which is american law so dark.Who can answer my question? I will fight to the end untill I FIND the real fair judge.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.