What to do if a welder offered free labor to afix a ramp to a handicapped woman’s van but after the job was complete the welder demanded payment?

Welder, acting as a legally authorized agent for his employer-father, offers his skills for free to a handicapped woman to attach a ramp to her van. After the job is completed, the employer-father disagrees with the welder-son’s charitable offer & demands payment for the welder-son’s labor. Both parties are aware of the handicapped woman’s extremely limited income, which is why the original offer of free labor was illicited. I believe this situation is a violation of contact law and perhaps even criminally illegal. Am I correct?

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Nebraska


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the woman who owned the van was offered the welding work for free and she in reliance on the free offer allowed the work to be done, then the work was "gratis" and no fee is owed the welder. The woman should write the welder a letter setting forth her position for the demanded payment keeping a copy of it for future use and reference.

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