Years ago i had one that I went to court over. I had met with the husband and wife a number of times and discussed the project with them both, but the decissions were always made by the husband. The husband was asay while we were working on the install. the wife cameout and asked to make soome changes and she signed the work order for the changes the next day. He refused to pay for the changes and we went to court. Turns out they were not married, they were dating and he was the sole property owner. The judge ruled he was not responsible for the charges as he did not sign for it. The judge advised me to add a line to my contracts/work order changes that state that the signer agrees they are authorized to make te changes. He said that had I had that then the girlfriend would have been stuck with the bill instead of me.
I use that now on all contracts to protect myself in the event that a husband and wife disagree. Atleast I know that their disagreement wont keep be from getting paid in the end
I've been in business for almost 22 years. You learn from experience. You learn from experience's of others. You learn from reading. You learn from asking questions. You learn from talking to people in the know, such as clients that are attorneys, county clerks, etc. you learn from personal (non business related) experiences. You learn from your personal friend's experiences.DVS, sounds like you are on the ball with regard to the legal end of this business. Were you an attorney prior to being a hardscaper? Or, are you speaking from the experience of being taken to court or taking people to court?