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Read your contract carefully, don't you have a clause on termination by
notification by the client.  If the client never ask you to stop working
in writing, then you are still on the contract.  I would rather put a
lien on the property first.  Be carefully, if you send that letter to
the building department and cause delay of the occupancy of the
building. The owner can back sue you for that.  

Anyway, always consult with your lawyer first.

Tom Chiu, SE, not a lawyer


JRTCE wrote:
> I have a client who is quite late on paying my engineering bill on a small
> residential job and the project is about to break ground.  I have  lost my
> patients with this guy.  One provision in my contract (which he never
> returned) states that if I am not paid, my responsibilities and obligations
> are terminated.  I am considering sending a letter to the building
> department, with a copy to the client saying that I no longer take
> responsibility for this project.  It seems to me that this will either put
> the heat on the client to send me a check or dissolve my professional
> obligations to an obviously un-cooperative owner.  Is this adviseable?,
> possible?, legal?
> Jerry R. Taylor  (jrtce(--nospam--at)