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Question DetailsAsked on 8/6/2013

I signed a work authorization with a contractor. Can I get out of it?

It did not specify the work, time, dates, or cost beyond saying it would take all our insurance money. After getting other estimates, his estimate is very high. No work has been started, beyond delivering a storage pod and moving furniture into it. He has also supposedly ordered doors. We expect to pay for the pod and movers (estimated insurance cost) and cost for the doors, if he gives us a copy of the receipt. We did not make any deposit or any other payment. Can we get out of this and any advice on how? We live in SC. The work authorization was signed 7/24/13.

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I would immediately contact an attorney and get with him/her and your insurance agent. This may be an insurance scam, and you should NEVER sign away your insurance rights carte blanche.

From what you say, you may not have a valid contract, since it did not specify scope of work, time of performance, or cost. Howeer, signing a work authorization did initiate somewahet of a contractual relationship, so I would not break it without talking to a contracts lawyer ASAP - and I mean within next day i at all possible. He/she can review what you have in the way of paperwork and assess how to cancel the contract.

Unless you can prove fraud (insurance company may help here) you will be liable for all his costs to date (with normal profit margin), and in return will be entitled to any materials that were bought for the job.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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