Disgorgement Attorneys in San Diego – (619) 900-4338
According to California’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT), unlicensed contractors in the state have completed an estimated average of $100 billion dollars’ worth of illegal work and projects. Contracted work is considered illegal if the contractor is unlicensed or improperly licensed and agrees to a project that costs more than $500 in parts and labor. Any job completed by an unlicensed or improperly licensed contractor is to be considered unsafe due to their lack of industry knowledge required to gain licensing.
In order to discourage and stop unlicensed contractor work, disgorgement may be used against the contractor. Disgorgement is the legal act of returning compensation given to an unlicensed contractor in exchange for services rendered. Seeking disgorgement successfully often requires the assistance of a legal professional.
Contact our San Diego disgorgement attorneys from Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Attorneys at Law if you believe an unlicensed contractor illegally worked on your property.
Strict Responsibilities for Contractors in California
When you work with our disgorgement lawyers in San Diego, we will want to do everything we can to prove that the contractor in question was unlicensed while working on your property’s project. According to California Contractor’s State License Law, a contractor must possess appropriate licenses during every moment they act as a contractor in a project. If we show soundly that they were not appropriately licensed for even a day of work, then you may be able to recover the full amount of compensation paid to them previously. We want to get your money back, plain and simple.
A contractor in California must meet these strict requirements and responsibilities:
- Possess appropriate licensing at all times during performance of the contract (written or verbal)
- Dutifully maintain appropriate licensing through reasonable efforts.
- Be aware of their licensing status, such as expiration dates.
- Cease any work if licensing expires mid-project and does not resume work until licensing is valid again.
If a contractor fails to meet licensing requirements yet continues or begins contractor work valued over $500, they are committing an illegal act. Furthermore, they may be ordered to return all costs of work to any consumers who paid them while they were unlicensed. Even if they completed contracting jobs to utmost satisfaction, consumers maintain the right to use disgorgement to get their money back.
Reporting Unlicensed Activity to SWIFT
In addition to protecting your finances through disgorgement, you can help protect others from dishonest, unsafe, and invalid work completed by unlicensed contractors with SWIFT. The organization, which operates for the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), allows people to report unlicensed contractors. SWIFT can help ensure legal action against the unlicensed contractor is enacted, including actions that lead to their arrest and conviction. They do not typically get involved with the disgorgement process, however. This will require a lawyer’s intervention.
Do you know of an unlicensed contractor who should be reported to SWIFT? Click here to visit the organization’s official website with directions on how to complete a report.
Get Your Money Back with Legal Action – Call (619) 900-4338 Now
No matter how much money you paid to an illegally unlicensed contractor for a home or commercial structure project, it is too much. You deserve to receive every penny back through disgorgement for their deceit and illegal practice. Make certain you are taking the right legal steps and creating a claim that will hold up in court by working with our San Diego disgorgement attorneys. With a long history of successful case results throughout our 60+ years of total experience, you can be confident that your disgorgement case is in good hands.