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Question DetailsAsked on 4/18/2017

My roofing company wants to amend the contract to include supplemental claims. will this increase my liability?

Roofing company was a "franchise" branch and now contract has moved to corporate office. Corporate wants to amend contract to include supplemental so they can try to recoup losses from "franchise" branch. Will i become liable for any supplemental costs if insurance denies these claims?

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I weould be VERY cautious about any amendment - because the contract might include a provision that you have a co-pay, or that you pay them regardless of whether the insurance company does or not. And of course, you have to agree the supplemental work is legit, and if not might get tied up in potential fraud situation - especially if this is work they already did and are now trying to get more money for - sounds fishy to me.

I would not go into any sort of amendment without an attorney looking it over and also discussing their proposed changes with the insurance adjuster for legitimacy, and making sure the amendment commits that you will not pay any more than in the original contract. And of course, THEY should pay you for any legal costs at time of signing, because it is for THEIR benefit, not yours.

There is also the question of HOW they acquired this contract (if they even did) - I would be real cautious that this wouldnot become a NEW contract with the headquarters office rather than an amendment, which might leave you open to all sorts of issues. It may be they are legitimately trying to work out a bad franchisee's situation - but I would not count on that being the case.

And unless you agreed to changes along the way, you certainly have no obligation to take measures to help them get more money than the original contract called for.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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