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Asked on: 9/28/13, 10:51 pm

Iím an unlicensed handyman and was hired by an attorney to perform improvement on his home. I gave verbal bid on two jobs, one for $500 and the other for $200 plus an unknown amount for the cost of materials on both jobs, which would be supported on invoicing with sales tickets for purchase of materials at my expense. Before the attorney hired me, he understood Iím unlicensed and my oral explanation that after work begins, there might be unforeseen circumstances making it necessary to increase the amount of the original bid to complete the job. After I started the work, I gave the attorney an oral report everyday of my work progress. After the jobs were completed the attorney praised me how good my craftmanship was and he received three invoices because of unforeseen circumstances after work began: 1. $500 for job one 2. $500 for job two instead of $200 and 3. $425 for the cost of materials. In what appears to be an attempt to avoid payment for services rendered, the attorney claims Iím violating Business & Profession Code Section 7031 and Section 7048 because Iím an unlicensed contractor piecing together aspects of the same job. What can I do to get paid the aggregate amount of what is due for services rendered?

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