we have a home in Michgan that has been damaged by fire. Initally a gc was hired to work with the insurance company and start the clean up and demo work. almost immediately it was notices this person was a mistake for being hired. unmotivated, lack of knowledge experience, etc and the clean-up is only about 2/3 complete.
now that a notice has been sent releasing him from the project he is demanding $56k, stating this is what the insurance company entitles him to thry their xactimating software. the insurance has not yet released their estimate, and he is working off his estimate (should be close in cost).
our opinion is that he has less than 100 hours on the job between himself and crew and not more than $15k in hard expenses. there is no formal contracts signed stating wages, scope of work.
we are looking to be fair and pay for his time/matierls to date. but $56k is not even a realistic request the way we see it.
sorry to ramble, but has anyone been thru something similar? any advice would appreciated before we meet with our attorney late this week