An expert witness provides an Expert Witness Report after performing an inspection. The goal is to provide a report so convincing that the opposition will decide to settle out of court, saving the client the cost of continued litigation.
Who would need an Expert Witness?
Person’s problem solving with particular issues related to either faulty or neglectful work done by a contractor/sub contractor, material men or supplier of services related to the construction of a building or flawed or careless services provided by a home inspector.
If I've had A Problem With A Contractor What Should I Do?
First and foremost contact your Real Estate Attorney and until advised do not terminate your contractor. Second keep an accurate record and timetable of all correspondence and there subject matter. Keep calm and cool and try not to take the matter at hand personal, after all it is a business deal. Most of all hire a professional inspector to examine the work and all documents.
How Do I select An Expert Witness?
Ask your attorney , check the Internet or ask friends.
Questions to ask a potential Expert Witness:
Have you provided expert witness services in the past? Have you ever testified in court, arbitration or mediation? Do you have any licenses in the construction business or home inspection business? Do you have any inspector licensure or credentials? Do you have a written contract and what are your fees? Are you recognized in a court of law as an expert in your field?
If the answer to any of these questions is "no" then keep shopping for a qualified expert witness
What Services Can I Expect From An Expert Witness?
Some of the services an expert witness provides depend on the type of case. Typically there are several types of complaints that are of a concern to clients, they are; defects or deficiencies, deviations from plans and specifications, punch list items not addressed, claims of lien, delay and warranty problems. An expert can review all of the contract documents, do a full evaluation of the property and render an opinion with written reports, pictures, calculate a dollar figure for cost to correct items and testify in court. Each case must be taken individually.