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We had a job we are going to split 50-50. Framing siding roof facia and soffit. My partner decides to quit when we were about 75% done with the framing. Is he entitled to half of the framing

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We've been building houses together for five years. The last few months of been bad. The contractor were doing the job for pays me and then I pay him. We had a verbal agreement to split 50-50 he quit 75% to 80% done with the framing and expects me to pay him half of The framing. He called the contractor and said he was going to put a lien on the job. Do I have to pay him half of the framing. When you get a whole package you get better rates and the other part and now I'm stuck doing all that by myself and a few guys I can find. I've kept track of all the hours on the job of every person that worked there. After finishing the framing I had 60 more hours than he did. Another gentleman had 14. And another guy had eight We've never did anything with in writing. We've always just split everything now the contractor is going to give him this money and I don't think it's right

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Nov 9, 2018
I'm very sorry to hear about that, and it doesn't sound like a very fair situation. Of course, without a written agreement or thorough verbal agreement, it's tough to really determine whether or not payment is owed. It is worth noting, though, that mechanics lien rights arise as a result of payment owed for work performed. In a situation where a claimant is threatening a claim for payment, but that claimant didn't actually perform work leading to that payment claim, a mechanics lien is likely not appropriate - and a subsequent mechanics lien could certainly be invalid. Though, just because a claim is invalid doesn't mean it couldn't actually be filed. Recorder's offices typically have neither the authority nor the bandwidth to scrutinize each claim that comes across their desk. Thus, in order to avoid even having to wrestle with a claim, it's not all that surprising that an owner or contractor would pay some amount to make sure a potential lien claim goes away.
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