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  •  screwed to some extent probably (11+ / 0-)

    I had a similar situation in completing the probate of my mother's estate.  First of all, check and see if there are any local consumer or homeowner advocacy groups who may be able to provide advice.
    Second, I would confront the attorney about my concerns about a possible conflict of interest.  Also take a lot of male relatives with you.  Sadly, women frequently do not get the respect and consideration they deserve and a woman alone is frequently seen as someone easily victimized.
    third, as in medicine, get a second opinion.  Find a consumer advocacy attorney and have him review the case. ( is a great resource).
    Fourth, research the builder and attorney and find out if there have or are other cases against the builder and if the attorney has dealt with the builder in the past and with what results.

    The most important step is to do your homework and let the attorney know you are fully aware of your rights and will vigorously defend those rights, even if it means filing a complaint or hiring another attorney to babysit him through the case.

    Also, familiarize yourself thoroughly with local laws and regulations governing builders.  Also check with local authorities and find out how the builder managed to pass inspection with such obvious flaws.  Also investigate which state and local agencies you can file complaints with.

    The point is you wish to bombard the builder from as many different directions as possible.  Try to interest a reporter from a local paper in your story.  you have to frame it and develop your narrative so you can hand the reporter an almost complete story with little work on his part.  Also be sure to stress how this may be part of a pattern of behavior and the reporter has the opportunity to uncover all sorts of abuse in the building industry.

    Good luck    

    •  Your advice seems excellent. (1+ / 0-)
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      Were I in that situation, I would want you in my corner.  It is kind of you to take the time for your excellent comment.

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 11:00:44 PM PDT

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      •  thank you; years and years ago, my grandfather (3+ / 0-)
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        taught me a lesson by having me catch a live water moccasin (I was at the age that catching snakes was considered fun and he was concerned about my proclivity for catching them)
        I caught it behind its head and he asked me "How do you release it?  You can't just put it down or it will bite; if you throw it, it will bite.  You have to have someone with you to help you release the snake"

        He then told me to take a lesson from the snake.  The snake just wants to go about its business until someone steps on it or harasses it and then it bites.  If someone picks it up, he cannot put it down.  "Be like that", he said, "easy to live with so long as you are left alone and Hell to put down if picked up"

        I spent years fighting various Powers that Be, persuading them that I was a whole lot easier to be left alone than to be stirred up or screwed up.

        One of my fave quotes was stolen from the William Bonney character in "Young Guns",  "I'll make you famous".  I found most people in power did not like to have the spotlight of public inquiry turned upon their actions and behavior  

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