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I was faced with a Child Custody case nightmare that started in the state of CT and ended in AZ. At the time I had to hire a CT attorney to get my children back into my custody after my children's father refused to return them back to me after Christmas break of 2014. I had to hire an AZ attorney out of Cochise County to get temporary orders stating I was the custodial parent as per AZ law because I was unmarried to the father of my children. I looked online on the AVVO site and found Randall "Randy" Bays. I had looked at other attorneys in the area but I went with my gut instincts that Randy was the best candidate. I decided to reach out to Randall P. Bays for assistance in the case and hired him as my attorney in AZ. He and my CT attorney exchanged information about the case and in one day Randy was able to get Temporary Custody Orders from AZ to the CT Court. Randy was 10 steps ahead of what had to be done because of his outstanding experience in Child Custody cases. His staff were very helpful in providing excellent communication with me by email and telephone on every detail throughout the whole case. I was able to get my children back to AZ within 11 days during the back and forth process with the CT Court and Randy's involvement and dedication to my case. When we finally went to court here in AZ, Randy made sure everything would be fine and to not be nervous. In my opinion, this was a very difficult case and there is no case out there that Randy cannot handle and fight for you until the end. I still have issues about the case concerning the father of my children and his lawyers not following what the Judge ordered and decided and Randy is still willing to help. Randy is very kind, thorough and understanding of the whole situation. He was also very patient with me given the situation. If you are looking for someone who is looking for your best interest and willing to actually listen to your needs and worries during a difficult situation this is the right attorney for you. He also provides you his contact information where he can be reached at all times unlike some attorneys who you’ll leave a voicemail for and never get a return phone call for sometimes one or two days which can be very frustrating. I would highly recommend attorney P. Randall Bays, Esq.
Mr. Bays represented me during court appearances for legal actions filed against me and during my divorce. Being part of any kind of legal proceeding is enough to make anyone nervous and upset. I was no different than the next person. Fortunately, Mr. Bays and his staff were extremely professional and compassionate. They did not treat me like I was “just another client,” they treated me like family. Mr. Bays has the uncanny ability to assess a situation and provide me exactly what I needed. Each time I walked into Bays Law Firm feeling upset, anxious, or hopeless, I walked out of Bays Law Firm feeling, calm, relaxed, had peace of mind, and no longer felt doomed. He was no different in the courtroom. On my behalf, as the situation warranted, he was either assertive or calm and unruffled. His every action demonstrated he only had my best interests in mind. Mr. Bays and his staff were available whenever and for whatever I needed them for. They were also willing to continue to fight for my best interests even when the case was completed. It is crucial for anyone reading this to understand that Mr. Bays’ integrity is unmatched by any other lawyer in Sierra Vista, Arizona. If you are in need of legal counsel, I highly recommend seeking initial consultation with Mr. Bays. You will not regret it. I know I did not.
In January of this year, two sheriff deputies showed up on my doorstep to serve me with paperwork. My 7-year-old daughter’s horrible f. had filed for joint custody after over 5 years of total abandonment. Right away, I started looking for a lawyer and decided to hire Mr. Bays after reading his online reviews and meeting him in a free consultation. His office immediately filed a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights. It was a long grueling process and I was upset the whole time. Being a single parent, without a stepparent adoption in sight, I had my doubts as to whether or not Mr. Bays could deliver what he promised.In the end, it was clear that I had definitely hired the right lawyer. Mr. Bays showed up to trial well prepared and had an excellent courtroom presence. Today, October 14, 2014, I got the great news! We won the case. My ex’s parental rights are terminated, and he is still obligated to pay child support! I continue to have sole legal custody.I would highly recommend Mr. Bays to any one in Cochise County seeking a family lawyer.
I am Adnan Anwar writing from Bangladesh. I hired Mr. Randall Bays as my attorney to resolve child custody case on January 2016. Though the case has passed many months but Randy never ever loses hope. He sticks himself to continue the case without losing patience. It was not that easy to get positive result in my case due to multiple reasons and also I was staying outside USA. No wonder I got the result on my side only by telephonic conversation & email communication by the help of this firm.My case was pretty complicated but Randall has been very positive to handle the case. He used his vast experience to turn the case result on my side. His legal assistant Debbie was very efficient in writing all legal draft necessary for the case. His office stuff Griselda was very caring throughout the case.I have full trust & respect for this firm and I suggest if anyone want to take trustworthy and better service please use this firm for all your legal family matters.I will give this firm 4.9 out of 5 *
I went for a consult and was told exactly what he felt he could do for me. It all sounded great almost to good. When I was informed of the cost I did not think that I would be able to afford his services but with a little help I was thankfully able to pay his fees. There was one small hiccup but that really turned out for the best in the end. I had to be represented because the first time I spoke with a judge alone I was treated very poorly. Thankfully Mr. Bays listened to me and worked diligently to help me get my son home where he belongs. All in all I feel that I was well represented and any issue I had with him was resolved completely. The staff at Bays Law were always respectful, courteous, kind and helpful. Mr. Bays delivered everything he said that he would be able to do. He really went to bat for me when it counted. I will recommend his services to anyone who asks and will hire his firm in the future for all family law issues. Thank you Mr. Bays and staff at Bays Law!
Mr. Bays represented me during my divorce and child custody case. The first day I walked in I was nervous and scared due to my situation. Not only did Mr. Bays help me calm down, but before I left he told me the outcome of my case. He was 100% correct. I now have sole legal and physical custody of my son and I couldn’t be happier. The office staff is fantastic, extremely supportive and professional. Debbie, Nicole, Amber, Griselda, they always made sure I had everything I needed from paperwork to the latest information on my case, even after I relocated out of state. His presence in the courtroom is strong and he truly stood up and fought for the best interest of my son. He is very straightforward and honest about what should be done and told me when I was being unrealistic and why. Thank you Mr. Bays & staff!
Randy came highly recommended to me from a close friend. After meeting with him for the first time, I knew I wanted him as my attorney. I felt very confident in him and his staff. Randy is very knowledgeable and even though going through a divorce/custody battle was very stressful, I never had any doubt in him. My case required a lot of extra research and time and Randy went above and beyond. He is very honest and straightforward - some people might get offended by the lack of "sugar coating" but I always appreciated it and I wouldn't feel as confident in an attorney that was known for being "nice". I truly don't think anyone else could have represented me in Federal Court any better - Randy has an amazing presence in the courtroom. He is the perfect example of a great attorney.
My husband had already retained the services of a local attorney known to be aggressive in divorce proceedings, so I knew that I was going to need to find the best. Randy did not disappoint. From the very beginning, he was both knowledgeable and comforting. He understands family law, does research, and doesn’t promise anything, but gives a reasonable picture of what to expect both in terms of the process and the outcome. I also appreciated the flat fee structure. I didn’t have to worry about being charged for every question that I had. My ex spent twice as much on legal fees. Either Randy or his staff responded quickly to all emails and phone calls. Debbie, the paralegal, was great!
I hired Randy Bays to help me sort out a nightmare that has been never ending for the last 5 years since my divorce from a narcissist. Not only was he helpful with his expert advice, but in court he was nothing short of AMAZING! He was very professional but as aggressive as a bulldog at the same time. In the end I was afforded the much needed peace I had been trying to accomplish for quite some time. I thought his fees were reasonable, and l especially liked that it was a flat fee. In my opinion he was worth every dime I paid him, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a divorce/custody situation and wants to win.
I hired Randy Bays for a Divorce and Child Custody Case at the end of the year 2016. And at the beginning of the year 2017 everything I had came to him with and asked him to do was accomplished in a timely manner. After several encounters with Randy he assured me that everything was going to be done and to plan and it was. Randy and his staff are the most considerate people I have ever met. They all made me feel comfortable and acted in a way like I had another family while still being very professional.
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.