Any advice? My brother-in-law is employed as a commercial carpenter. He took a "side-job" building someone a pole barn - approximately $12,000. There was no written contract, but the owner reviewed the estimates for labor and materials and verbally agreed to the fee. He paid half in progress payments. You now where this is going... He now refused to pay the final bill for $5700. He is satisfied with the barn, but simply refuses to pay. He gets free legal service through his job. A further complication is that my brother-in-law is not a licensed contrator. In summary, no license and no contract, has anyone been through this type of mess? Does he have any recourse? Appreciate any help.