Washington Legal Questions

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An owner rightfully withheld a general contractor's retainage to address several liens on the property the general contractor failed to address (due to its failure to pay subs) on a project. The general contractor is insolvent and will likely file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy? Setting aside all of the bankruptcy issues, how should the payment of sales tax be addressed to the soon to be secured subcontractor be addressed? The retainage does not include sales tax because it has already been drawn by the contractor. If the owner pays the subcontractor's sales tax, it pays twice; and if it withholds the sales tax and requires the sub to pay it, the state potentially recovers sales tax twice. ...Read More
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I work for the Snohomish County Airport at Paine Field. Does a company which provides annual or quarterly maintenance on machinery at the airport have to provide a prevailing wage document? Specific example - Evergreen Compressed Air - Scheduled Preventatvie Maintenance Service on maintenance shop air compressor. ...Read More
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Restoration co submitted estimeate + reserve to my home insurance co. The water damage was only the cabinet and area of back wall where water connection pipes are located. Only once the rep of restoration co came. No supervision after. No communication to me as to what is scope of work to be restored. The drywall was torn all the way to the right, after abatement as well as vinyl floor taken apart for abatement purpose. Not necessary as no water damage, cement floor under vinyl, all dry when leak occurred. I emailed claim agent and told her about the excess/unnecessary work restoration co is doing. She replied to let the restoration co do their work. All this resulted in my deductible going up t o$5000.00. I felt I have been ripped off. I worry how I will pay that deductible if another water leak occur later on. I live in a building 46 yrs old. Pls tell me what I can do to get home insurance co to decrease my deductible for renewal of policy due Nov 30? I am a senior....Read More
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So I'm working for a contractor on a job and he owes me money and is saying I'm not going to get it...Read More
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I was working for a contractor on a remodeling job for a very wealthy client the contractor had. The contractor owns his own business that he just started I was being paid under table but have texts and proof of employment as well as written and pictures of hours and money owed also have texts of the co tractor acknowledging all of it as well as refusal to pay me...Read More
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I own a Landscaping Business in Washington State, I was hired by a homeowner to build a staircase from the back of the property that leads down to the ocean. As well as build a big raised garden planter and to grade and gravel the driveway. A deposit amount of $3k was given to me before the job started . Upon completion the remainder of the agreed project amount of $5000 would be paid. I received text messages from the owner saying the job looked great. When I completed the job and asked the home owner for the reaming money he told me that he doesn't owe me any money that I did the work all wrong etc. And if I don't get off his property he will call the police. What are my options (small claims, mechanics lien, civil court?)in Washington State as far as getting paid?...Read More
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Can I file a surety bond claim against an LLC that has recently gone out of business?...Read More
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how do i update the address and resend prelien?...Read More
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I will be attempting to file a lien on the property we supplied concrete that is inside a mobile home park. There is no mobile home and the work supplied material for was considered site preparation. The lien would apply to the owner of the property (not the owner of the mobile home park) who had a contractor complete the work. The contractor has not paid for the material. Will this lien be a valid lien in Washington State?...Read More
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Can I file a mechanicals lien on a property located in a vacation home park? The material was used to prepare the site for a manufactured home. ...Read More
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Our client is not allowing us to finish the job and is withholding a portion of the balance, can I file a lien? ...Read More
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We had equipment on several projects with Fowler General Construction. They paid for most of their rents, but have refused to pay us for approximately $30,000 in damages. Some of the damages owed go back to a year ago. Some are more recent (summer of this year) as equipment was returned and damages were identified. We are no longer doing business with Fowler. Do we have any recourse to recover these damages?...Read More
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On April 9th, 2020 we filed a partial waiver of lien for amounts paid so far on a large commercial project. On April 28th, 2020 we filed a Release of Notice of Furnishing Prof Services as the developer needed it for change of ownership within their company. We received timely payments after the change but now are not getting them and calls are not being returned. Should be stop work and can we file a new lien?...Read More
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If a contract for a public works project sets payment terms as 60 days does that override the 30 day payment terms in the prompt pay act? Or is it 30 days no matter what?...Read More
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