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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
My son was extradited to St. Louis City jail and then into Medium Security Institution (MSI) for a felony drug possession charge in Missouri. At the same time, he was facing a shoplifting charge in the state of Illinois, also related to drug use. While waiting for his court date at MSI, a fellow inmate recommended John Wilbers. When I contacted Mr. Wilbers, he agreed to meet with my son in jail before we made a decision on which attorney to use. This was extremely helpful as we were in another state and could not fly out to meet attorneys on his behalf. During the jail meeting, my son was won over by John Wilber’s confidence and found that John was licensed to practice in both Missouri and Illinois. This is our family’s first personal experience hiring a private lawyer and it has been a good one. John was accessible by phone and text. If he was in court or busy, he made sure he called or texted back as soon as he could. We did not have a good option for bonding out of jail as my son had no place to stay in Missouri or Illinois. Therefore, John ensured my son’s court dates were expedited dramatically and he spent a minimum amount of time in jail. He kept everything on track. If my son had to use public defenders, he would have stayed at MSI for at least 6 months as they typically set court dates 2 months apart. There was one delay that occurred because the judge that my son was supposed to see was delayed a week due to a prolonged trial. In the meantime, we had bought plane tickets for my son and made numerous other plans based on his original court date. John pulled a miracle by successfully requesting a PR bond (even with the objection of the prosecuting attorney) for release from jail. I believe that PR bonds are very difficult to get for any type of felony. After getting the PR bond, my son was again unfortunately held in limbo because the jail clerks had to personally see a stamped quash of warrant for traffic citations before releasing him. Once again, John rescued my son by sending out his assistant to the jail in the nick of time before the out processing center closed with the quash order. All this occurred on a Friday with plane tickets set for Saturday morning! In short, John handled two felony court cases in two states, several traffic cases, quashing a warrant and going over the discovery of evidence with me and my son. He also made sure he met with my son prior to his final court date as I really wanted my son to have time with his attorney. I didn’t want just a few minutes of time right before the case as typically happens with public defenders. John was able to get the best outcome possible for the bad decisions that my son made. My son received a 3-year SIS probation from Missouri, a unsupervised probation from Illinois, transfer of probation to home state of Colorado, no points on his traffic citations (which John did not charge additionally for), and court-mandated appointment to a drug treatment facility as requested by his parents and agreed to by my son. John’s rates are very reasonable and are fixed rate, so there are no surprises. I am so grateful to God that my son was able to have Mr. Wilbers represent him and help him in so many ways. I am truly indebted to God for that recommendation that my son received while in jail. Now it is up to my son to utilize the grace that has been shown to him. I highly recommend John to anyone needing legal help in criminal offences.
Sat 45 minutes for 1 used tire, They told me they didn't have the exact size but they had one for my car. After 15 minutes turns out that the tire they had to sell me " 45 dollars " had a hole in it. they didn't tell me that. instead they attempt to retrieve another tire from somewhere else while I wait. When the technician returns they find out there is a hole in this same tire. Still while I sit in the waiting room nobody tells me in the mean time that they don't have the tire. They attempt to leave and get another tire. When he gets back with the " other tire " it turns out this tire has a hole in the exact same spot. They laugh about how he is so stupid he grabbed the same tire and left the other one. after the long wait they inform me they can't do anything for me. I am a working college student after leaving my job early to make it there before class starts they wasted a whole hour of my day attempted to overcharge me found amusement in they horrible service provided and sent me on my way with big middle finger. Up until this day this place was the only place I would bring my car for repairs because it was close. I would not come back or recommend this place to anybody I know. over priced, and they don't appreciate loyal paying customers. My advice. Don't waste your time coming to this place. It's a shame you can't rely on a good shop in your neighborhood to do honest work with good customer service. Horrible and inconvenient experience. I will not go back for work here again.
My sister and I recently had the pleasure of meeting a miracle in disguise of a suit and tie by the name of John Wilbers. I am very unfamiliar when it comes to handling issues pertaining to felonies, misdemeanors and just the law in general. My sister was facing two felony charges in the state of MO, along with one misdemeanor. We were referred to John by someone with an identical case to my sisters. They were 100% right in saying he is one of the best lawyers to be represented by. Being in my early twenties and a college student, (need I say more?) adding a sizable lawyer fee was not on the top of my to-do list. Needless to say, John was more than generous in giving me an extremely reasonable and fair price. Being as busy as he is, John was still always available to answer one of my many questions, whether it be about the case, court, or something I was unfamiliar with. He is excellent in communications, and goes above and beyond to keep his word. What you see is what you get, and my sister got more than a second chance. We got an even better outcome than originally planned, and for that we are forever grateful! I recommend him to anyone with any type of case, whether it be a criminal case or not. He is absolutely the best! Thanks again for answering every question and every phone call. You're wonderful!
One of the biggest challenges faced by some head injured people is processing anything new. Meeting a new person who is in a position of authority often enhances the stress. Without going into the long list of the challenges before us and for reasons beyond my control, I was under great duress to find an attorney for a Social Security Hearing. The heads up in these cases are usually three or four months rather than less than three weeks as it was. In our hurried search for representation, we noticed attorneys in this area of practice tend to be people of compassion. After seeking and being turned down by four attorneys, we met Mark Dean just eight days before the hearing. Almost immediately, I felt at ease in his presence. My husband’s body language indicated he, too, was feeling positive about Mr. Dean.In our initial meeting, Mr. Dean quickly assessed the needs of the case. Gave us hope that had not been engendered prior to this and sent us on our way expecting to hear from him as to whether or not he would accept the case.Within hours, he let us know he would take the case. He stayed in close contact with us quickly answering every question. The hearing went well and I was awarded benefits. It was so refreshing, to have engaged an attorney who is genuinely kind and is profoundly professional.
My fiance and I were referred to John by a friend. John took my fiance's case, and from day one, we were treated with such a friendly level of professionalism, and we never once had to wonder or worry about what to expect for court. John actually treated us like people. He kept in frequent contact with us, and he followed through with his promise to us. My fiance was treated with a high level of respect, in spite of needing legal representation, by John and his entire staff. John told us exactly what to expect and what he could do...and he did it!! I am on the side of someone I love needing legal representation, and that, in and of itself, can be a nerve-wracking experience, to see the person you love in trouble, but even on that level, John made sure to keep me in the loop and well informed with my fiance's case, and he was the PERFECT choice for us. I hope we NEVER need to go through the court system again, but, without a doubt, if we ever do, John Wilburs is on speed dial in our phones. So, if anyone out there is in need of a great attorney, who knows how to get you through the court system, with the least amount of emotional trauma, do yourself a HUGE favor, and bypass a whole lot of nonsense, and call John!!! Sharon Z.12/4/2014
Mike Archer is an outstanding attorney. He is a rare and extraordinary human being. I was and am blessed to have come across this law firm. I have worked with other attorneys and to be honest, my hopes were a bit low. I was desperate and my case was complicated. I chose Mike because of his vast and varied background and experience. His accomplishments read like a very impressive book. It was easy for me to tell this is a man who is passionate about and impeccably knowledgeable in the law. I believed he was my kids and my best chance at a good outcome. I was absolutely correct. Mike Archer earned my trust and respect by going above and beyond the call of duty to get my family just results. Mike works with Robin who is amazing and extremely knowledgeable herself. The two of them make the best team I have seen in a long time. They are so involved. They deliver such personal service and offer a true feeling of being cared about. I have to pose this question; when was the last time an attorney or a law firm made you feel important? Well, that is exactly how The Archer Law Firm made us feel. Mike and Robin are two of the good ones. They are committed to their client's "happy endings" Five Stars!!
I have to say, John Wilburs representation of my fiance was absolutely the right choice!!! The level of professionalism was a nice surprise. John took my fiance's case, and he kept in frequent contact with us from day one, and we never had to wonder or worry about what was going to happen throughout his representation. No one ever wants to be in a position to need an attorney, or in my case, loving someone who needs one, but John took his case, and from day one, we were kept in the loop and well informed on exactly what to expect in court. Never once were we made to feel like a nuisance, if we had questions. John and his entire staff treated us like individuals, and not necessarily like a criminal, which went a long way, as far as I was concerned!!! If anyone out there is in need of a GOOD, SOLID attorney, who will treat you with a level of respect and dignity that will comfort you, do yourself a favor, and skip going through the hundreds of attorneys out there, and call John FIRST. It will most definitely be a call you will be glad you made!!!THANK YOU, JOHN!!!Sharon Z.
had a really good experience purchasing a car from Don Brown Chevrolet. I would have to say that everyone was very warm and friendly. I was help by both Paul DeYoung, who did an AMAZING job with helping me with my vehicle, and he has one of the best personalities ever! Ben Cordia assisted me as well and they made the experience a breeze. I was especially pleased that everything was done in a timely manner. The only complaint I would have is that when I spoke with Ben on the phone, he stated I would be able to get customer cash that would only apply to the vehicle that I was purchasing. I was never offered that. Once I got home, and the excitement from my purchase wore off, I remembered, but it was too late, the deal was done. I would recommend going forward that they not tell people they will do something for them that they have no intention of doing. Overall I was happy and would purchase again, I just would make sure that I don't sign the contract until I receive all verbal agreements.
The cost and quality of workmanship from Lemay Plumbing for repairs is as good as with any other plumbing company.But.... Don't get a bid from them for anything more than a repair.I requested a bid from Lemay Plumbing on 7/20 for work to be done to meet STL county occupancy inspections and identified that the work would have to be done no later than the week of August 1 as I was closing on the sale of the home on 8/16. The fail point on the inspection was simple, but the work advised was more than extensive. After receiving a second bid that was less than half of the estimate and addressed only the issues that STL county noted, I went with the second bid.I received the bid from Lemay Plumbing on 8/15 (two weeks after I already had the work done and the day before I was scheduled to close on the house), and the bid was 50% more than the estimate I received at the time of the bid, and 350% higher than the other bid I obtained just to address the inspection issue.
Going through a divorce is very difficult especially after many years of marriage and I truly could not have done it without Margot. I was very broken after I discovered my husband had betrayed me by cheating and I prayed for a good attorney to represent me and he (God, in my opinion), sent me to an exceptional one, (Margot Beasley). I found her to be more than qualified to duel in the court of law with passion and confidence and yet down to earth and a real person. Margot listened to me and then went about successfully getting me the respect and justice I deserved and so desperately needed . If you are in need of a really decent and hard working attorney to represent you Margot Beasley is who you should trust and employ. I hope I don't sound like a commercial but I am so grateful for the manner in which she represented me it is my delight to share it with others.
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.