My question involves personal finance in the State of: Oklahoma
I hired a general contractor to assist in recovery from a disastrous flood. He promised to complete a job within one month. He insisted on payment upfront of $14,000. With 2 days it became apparent that the workmanship was utterly unacceptable and proceeding at a snailís pace. The relationship was terminated. No written contract was ever signed. We requested the return of our funds minus what we calculated as the amount owed ($515).
I have received a letter from him stating that he admits he needs to refund my money, however, on the phone he told me that the money went into a "general pool" and that he cannot repay at this time. I have asked for a time table and at least partial repayment as a sign of good faith, however he has not seen fit to contact me since. The complaint was filed with the Attorney General, however he never responded to the Attorney General or BBB.
I donít have money to hire an attorney and if I go to a small court, I can get only $3,500, if I will be lucky to collect this money from him.
Can I go to a big court and present my case to a judge without an attorney? The case is simple and I would like to get a judgment against this contractor.
What would you recommend me to do?