4. Maine Small Claims Courts: (For your information only - not a legal advice)
You can file a Small Claims lawsuit in the area where your contractor lives or where his business located or registered.
Start your lawsuit by filing a Statement of Claim with the Clerk of the local division of the District Court. The judge may ask you and the contractor to meet with a mediator to attempt to settle the dispute.
You can find a list of Maine District Courts in the Maine Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the District Court.
You can get all the Small claims forms and handbooks from the clerk at any Maine District Courts or you can download the forms from here.
You will have to pay a filing fee of $50 and, if needed, some additional fees (service and sheriffs fees).
- Maximum monetary limit of claims: $6,000;
- Attorney: not required, but allowed for both plaintiff and defendant;
- Right to appeal: yes, for both parties (a plaintiff may appeal only on questions of law and is not entitled to a new trial).
You can find more information in the Maine Guide to Small Claims Proceedings in the District Court
5. On-line complaints.
We collect all sorts of customer reviews, complaints, and comments here.
To post your comment on Google find your contractor in Google maps, and click the more info link next to the name of your contractor. On the following page, scroll down to Reviews by Google users and click on Rate and review link on the left.
There are many other websites that let you post comments and complaints about your contractor. Below you may find just a few examples:
1) http://www.ripoffreport.com (registration required),
Return to "the State's plumbing and contractor licensing departments".