My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Alabama
A tree fell on my house and in my yard 3 weeks ago. I was contacted by a tree removal service that was doing some other work in the neighborhood. I asked him for an estimate and this was submitted along with the estimate to repair the house. The estimate was approved by the insurance company. When he met me at my house on 3-15-2011 for me to sign the contract I asked him when he would start the work. I explained that I wanted the tree up so that the contractors working on the house could begin as soon as the payment arrived, and explained that I would pay him then as well. He said he could begin work the next day and that he should be done by the end of last week. This was not written in the contract, however. But he acted as if he didn't have any other work at the time and could get right to my tree. Friday came, and no work had been done. I called him and he said that he knew he was supposed to start my job but another job came in and he put them in front of me, but he would start first thing Monday morning (today) and put in a full days work and get most of it done. I said ok. I went by my house today about 2 pm and no work had been done. So I sent him a text telling him I was cancelling his services and did not want him to the job. He called right back and said that he had gotten busy in the morning and that the bobcat rental had taken some time. I told him I still did not want him to do the work and that I would be calling someone else. He said still we had a contract and I told him we did but he had twice now not shown up as verbally agreed to and that I did not want him to do the work. He called me this evening about 7 pm and said that he had gone to my house and done the work anyway. Now am I obligated to pay him?