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Always There has been with me for 12 years. My house is spotless and I would recommend Nancy and her team. They are honest, professional and give that extra help.
James E. Parrot is a GREAT human being first, and a brilliant and powerful Attorney who is always there for you when you need him! He is the kind of man and legal mind that anyone would want standing next to him in a vicious courtroom battle against ‘the powers that be’. It is a shame that I can only rate his persona, spirit, and legal services with just five stars, because this man deserves a full constellation!
Only a 1 star because it wouldnt me to post with choosing a starHorrible and very unprofessional. She's taking my brother's money, hasn't shown up in court nor returned any calls or texts. She should be banned from practicing. I have advised him to contact BBB not sure what good it will do. But I will be spreading the word not to use her..it's sad you can take someone's money and not fulfill your duties. Very very unethical
Pieces of S*** firm. I can't believe somebody went to law school to turn A**H****. VOGLERs are not real lawyers. They are glorified collectors made of crap.
I have never been treated so disrespectfully by a supposed professional. Firstly, when we purchased the package, she agreed to a list of services. In our original correspondence she agreed to these but once at our home she complained about everything and did not complete the services and never admitted to it. I had to contact her afterwards, and she blamed it on our home. Then we were guaranteed a free clean, she has been skirting around providing to us by using the excuse that she is too “busy” to email and I need to call her (which I have with no response) even though she initiated and responded to email multiple times when we were going to pay her, but conveniently became too busy to respond when she owed us a free service. But what was truly disgusting was that she then chose to communicate via email (the email she is allegedly too busy to use) to berate me and blame me for standing us up for a date we emailed about 3 weeks ago for the free clean. She was extremely condescending and unprofessional in her response, and on Thanksgiving no less, which is truly disgusting. Be wary of this woman. She is rude, unprofessional, and will try to skirt around her commitments ultimately taking your money by promising a free service after one clean (which was incomplete), that she will not fulfill. There are reviews like this on thumbtack, yelp and google reviews too (unfortunately after we purchased her “package”). I am appalled by her scam and will be reporting her to the Better Business Bureau as well as seeking legal counsel
WOW! BEWARE of this Law Firm! I went with my GF to discuss a Real Estate issue she is having with an investor. Upon calling we were told that there was No Charge to discuss the case with them to see if they could help us. After meeting with an attorney there (Who left a few days after we meet with him) we were told that we owed $175.00 for the hour long meeting and another $175.00 to retrieve, review the Deed of Trust and decide what options were best to proceed. Couldn't get in touch with the Lawyer, Alex Frank, and when we did we were told that he didn't have time to review yet. After a couple of weeks we just went to City Hall and retrieved a copy of the Deed of Trust ourselves. A couple of weeks later we received an email from Jonathan P. Beck stating that, Alex Frank, was no longer employed at his firm and as his boss he wanted to see if there was anything further needed by them. After exchanging a few emails during my recovery from surgery I explained that I would get in touch with him to discuss this matter.Yesterday, I received an email from Jonathan P. Frank, stating that there was and outstanding balance for the first meeting and for the retrieval review of the Deed of Trust (Which we were never aware of actually taken place or the results of such review) and that "Alex met with you, received a Note and a bunch of receipts, obtained a copy of a Deed of Trust from the Recorders office and then had a lengthy call with you". When I Questioned the "Lengthy Call" Jonathan P. Beck, became combative and suggested I was "Picking a Fight" and that he would forget the bill and write off the invoice to which How does someone write off an invoice for services NEVER rendered. I am posting this review for those of you looking for a stable minded attorney to represent them in any legal matters which are serious enough to retain an honest, reliable, and stable minded attorney and this Firm is Not the Firm I would chance with ANY Legal Matters.
Gave me expert advice using language I could understand. The price was more than I wanted to spend, but I really got what I paid for. He has real engineering experience and has been a patent lawyer for more than 20 years. He was able to obtain what seems to be a very good patent. Thank you, David!
Scott is a great lawyer, who takes pride and integrity in what he does. No matter if it’s a publicly publicize case or a small case and or law matter he will definitely represent you to the fullest of his abilities and beyond. To sum it all up he can make the impossible possible! There’s no such thing and can’t do when working with Scott and his law firm. I would recommend.
Horrible. Stay away. Picked up item. Dented like somebody dropped. Called store talked with someone name Sam. Told me I stuck with item and I had a bad attitude. I said excuse me I asked a question. He tgen hung up on me. Stay away from this store. Bad service!!!@
There are two sides to every story. When we got involved with Mr. Gupta, we were under the impression we would be paid in a timely manner, and we were working with a straight shooter. We were fooled. After two bounced checks, and asking us to lie to a bank, we really didn't want anymore part in this matter. We didn't steal fron anyone, if anything we still aren't paid the full balance for all the change orders Gupta added separate to our intital agreement. Gupta, bad mouthing people who have bent over backwards for you, to ensure your store got open when you couldn't even pay suppliers, is bad news. We wish you well, and would appreciate all facts being displayed before pointing fingers. Have a great day.
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.