View Full Version : Ever have to go to court over an estimate?
10-14-2008, 10:19 PM
Got home from work today, checked messages and had an attorney leave a message to call him. I returned call and he asked about an estimate from 1.5 year ago concerning someone ripped out a few ties and messed this giuys mulch up. I really forgot because i didn't get the job. I am now susp. to go to court this thursday and testify i looked at job and wrote this estimate. I asked him you mean i go out and write a free estimate and now will loose 1/2 day of work. His responce you have to go and if money is awarded they should get me to do the job. Has anyone ever been in this situation? I can't hardly go to work for 1.5 hour, drive home, shower and dress properly, go to court, return home and go back to work with out loosing 1/2 or better of day.
10-14-2008, 10:23 PM
Yep - Just do it and build your reputation and pick up some new clients...SELL, SELL, SELL
10-14-2008, 11:03 PM
First of all - you DO NOT have to show up for court unless you receive a letter from THE COURT stating that you MUST appear. If the court did not subpeona(sp) you - you don't have to go. If you don't believe me, call the local court house and ask :)
If the attorney really wants to win the case - they would not make you go to court for a property that you really don't remember the specifics and key points.
I would offer them a written statement, which I believe must be notorized. Written statements are used frequently in MD courts.
It would not be in the attorney's best interest to have you as a witness because if the other party's attorney cross examines you, you more than likely won't remember and know the answer, and thats what they want.
10-14-2008, 11:21 PM
He the plantiffs att. has the susp. and going to give it to me tomm. That didn't really make sence because normally we get them served by the sherriffs dept.
10-14-2008, 11:45 PM
You can be served by the sheriff's office but that cost more money.
So the other option is for them to serve you and there are a few stipulations that go along with that. Usually they are supposed to bring it to you, not have you come pick it up.
10-15-2008, 03:32 PM
That is a crock, you want to hire me to be a expert witness?, fine, pay me for my time.
10-15-2008, 07:16 PM
Mike Leary is correct. They're using you.
10-15-2008, 07:55 PM
10-15-2008, 08:02 PM
Wel Mike, you could always get on the stand and everytime anyone asks you a question you can respond with "I can't recall", or "I'm not sure".
10-16-2008, 12:30 PM
Up Date: Atttorney served me yesterday and of course i said i would show. He said it starts at 9:30 show up at 10:30 is when he needs me. I toold him does your client realize how much inconvience this is to me, he said yes. So this morning 10:00 am i am walking to my vechice dressed for court and guess who calls. Att. says case is now going to be continued judge opened up case and seen he knew 1 of the parties. I told him the first 2 weeks of Dec. which is deer season i will not be around and you won't find me.
10-16-2008, 12:35 PM
10-16-2008, 12:59 PM
That really sucks
10-16-2008, 03:44 PM
"I have no recollection of that conversation...."
10-16-2008, 04:17 PM
"I have not been paid for my expert testimony, yet".
10-16-2008, 07:30 PM
I agree with all posts made.
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