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Texas Contractor Issues During Disasters: An Illustrative Guide

This resource is meant for lawyers assisting those dealing with contractor related issues after a disaster. This resource was developed by Lone Star Legal Aid. 

Disclaimer

These pages are created to inform and educate the public only, and assistance disaster attorneys in their practice. They are not and should not be considered legal opinions or advice. You do not and cannot have any attorney-client relationship with Lone Star Legal Aid, AmeriCorps, or any of their employees. You should not act upon legal advice found on the Lone Star Legal Aid website, and are advised to seek professional counsel before taking any action based upon information found on this site.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Page 4
  • Major Consumer Issues after a Disaster - Page 4
    • Price Gouging - Page 4
    • Home Repair Contract Problems - Page 4
    • Contractor Fraud - Page 7
    • Refinancing Schemes - Page 10
    • Mechanic's Lien - Page 10
    • Insurance Problems - Page 10
    • Identity Theft - Page 11
    • Creditor Issues - Page 11
    • Home Inspection Issues - Page 12
  • Remedies Under Texas Law - Page 13
    • Texas Business and Commerce Code Remedies - Page 13
    • Common Law Remedies - Page 17
    • Texas Property Code Remedies - Page 22
  • Initial Client Consultation - Page 26
    • General Attorney Information - Page 26
    • Documents - Page 26
    • Information - Page 27
    • Standard Forms - Page 28
    • Sample Notice of Intention to File a Mchanic's Lien - Page 32
  • Important Contractor Fraud Websites - Page 33