I was recently served with a notice to appear in Missouri small claims court and would love to get any advice that I can on the subject...
My wife and I were recently looking into buying an existing lead inspection business to expand on our current asbestos inspection business. I was actually contacted by the owner of the lead business because he wanted to sell. We decided to seriously consider the offer, but after review of the contract decided against buying. He is now trying to sue me for $4,500 in contract preparation fees!
We never said or signed any paperwork stating that we were absolutely going to buy his business and certainly had no knowledge that we would be charged for preparing a contract should we decide not to buy. Is there any recourse for us here?
Thank you for any advice we receive.