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Asked on: 3/27/12, 10:29 am

On May 19th 2011 I signed a contract with a company to have my existing driveway seal coated and to have the driveway extended. The work was completed but got the company got tar on the siding of my home and also got tar on my brand new fence. The work was sub par to say the least. I put $500 down and was suppose to pay an additional $700 once the work was completed. The contract date was between 5-18-2011 and 6-18-2011 but the work was completed in early July. Was the contract still good? I called the company and let them know I wasnít happy with the work and wanted them to come back out and complete repairs to the driveway and also wanted them to remove the tar off of my siding. Nothing was done. They told me that there was a 1 year warranty and itís also posted online on their website. Approximately one month ago they contacted an attorney and are suing me for the balance. I went to court without an atty. and spoke to their atty. He asked me if I had an attorney and I said that I would be getting one. He then told me that he would set a trial date. Can I go to court myself or should I be represented? I have photos of the job from beginning to end showing the damages they caused and showing the sub par work that was completed. Can I obtain two estimates for the damages to my home and two estimate for damages to my driveway to have repairs completed and counter sue? Do I have to bring the expert to court? The photos I have obviously show negligent work completed by them.

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