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I need your help. A crooked contractor darkened over some wording on an important document. It is his proposal and he darked over the part where it says any additional work needs to be done in writing. We are going to court shortly and I would like to remove the ink where he darkened over the words lightly so I can read the words underneath. I just need to blot it somehow and save the wording. Is this possible?


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By guest (Guest Post)
March 13, 20070 found this helpful

Apparently you signed the proposal and got a copy. Sounds like you signed it with the words already darkened (otherwise your copy would not have the words darkened), so I'm not optimistic that you have a case over this. Nevertheless, to answer your question, why not simply ask him for a copy of the document without the darkening? Or ask him to bring a copy to court. He would look even more shady, not to do so, in open court. Otherwise, simply get a friend to ask him for a quote on some work she needs done. When he submits his proposal, presumably on a printed form just like he used with you, there you'll have it.


But again, if you signed the document with the words already deleted, then the deleted words would be irrelevant, seems to me.

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March 14, 20070 found this helpful

Always watch out for what a contract SAYS before SIGNING! If the words were deleted, it usually means that they are invalid. HOWEVER - if it was done sloppily & not in "good faith" you may have a chance - Did you discuss this verbally & was there a VERBAL agreement despite the contract? Were you led to believe it was otherwise? Then you may have a case - plus what is above....

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 18, 20070 found this helpful

hi dont change the document at all it could make it invalid in court! instead contact another 3 contractors and ask if you could pick up a copy of there form that they use. by showing the court that the way you were treated was not the norm for your area would be more likly to win case plus in certain states it is required to have a written estimate so contact the compliance servises in your area to see if contractor followed all rules and if not file a complaint with them may not win in court but compliance servises will shut him down if he didnt follow state laws hope this helps

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