A contractor did not respond to the surety bond deadline. The surety sent me an award letter for $15,000.00. I signed, notarized and returned via certified mail. Twelve days later the contractor's lawyer responded, stated that I paid them which means I settled with them. The bond rejected their offer stated I did not tell them that I settled with the contractor. My attorney advised me to pay to avoid foreclosure on their mechanic lien and CSLB found 25 violations with a referral to the State Attorney General.