So a couple of years ago, not super long after we met, my now-wife and I decided it was time to merge our families. We elected to spend the money to expand her house, which is on very prime real estate in a rich city.
Knowing the risks, we did all the required due diligence in choosing an architect and a contractor, signed contracts, permits, etc. We did everything Mike Holmes tells you to do. It made no difference. The project was an unmitigated disaster and when the contractor abandoned the job and we had to get a second contractor to clean it up we were out an additional sum of money that amounts to two years of my salary after taxes. It was a staggering blow. There is no money left and we’re still fixing shit.
A full accounting of everything that was built wrong would crash the Internet.
Anyway, we went after the contractor through the best law firm in Oakville and had them dead to rights, but the contractor had no money left and simply announced he’d file for bankruptcy if we sued him. He finally agreed to pay a paltry sum, in three installments. It was a fraction of what we were rightly owed, but it’s something.
Our lawyer lost the last check.**
I shit you not; they lost it. Have no idea where it is. So our last payment, which we desperately need right now, is gone because the lawyer LOST IT. The law firm will of course not do anything about it except send an email to the other lawyer saying “plz sen another check?” They will certainly not do what they really should do - pay us the money until the contractor pays up. Ha ha. They’re rich lawyers.
The level of frustration and despair I am feeling right now is indescribable. We can’t even sell the house, since it cannot pass a permit inspection. Nothing has gone right, and a multi-million dollar law firm LOST OUR CHECK.
Now it’s important to understand that every single service provider in this entire fiasco has fucked up and not one, ever, has stood behind their work. The architect’s service was absolutely disgraceful, but of course we paid full price. The contractor made more errors than I can possibly list, many of them irreperable. The local utility fucked up, but they don’t care. The city fucked up, did I mention that? They issued an inspection permit for the foundation WITHOUT ACTUALLY COMING TO INSPECT IT, thus missing that it had not been waterproofed, a $10,000 (at least) error. They refuse to admit any fault and we can’t afford to sue them too. Independent contractors selected to do specific things - it makes no difference how well vetted they are - have all fucked up. Nobody, ever, has offered to make things right at their own expense.
So, you know, I was kind of hoping at least the lawyer wouldn’t somehow lose a really valuable check, but that’s just what they did, and their response is not to stand behind their work but to say “oh well, too bad so sad, you’ll probably get the money someday.”