Answer: Your defense really depends on exactly what services you are providing and how much you are charging. Anybody can build cabinets or other types of wood products and even deliver the products to a jobsite without needing a contractor's license. Installation of the products is generally what triggers the need for a license.
In California, anyone who contracts to perform work that is valued at $500 or more for materials and labor must hold a current, valid license from the Contractors State License Board in the specialty for which he or she is contracting. If a handyman charges $499 to build and install a cabinet, no license is required.
The proverbial devil is in the details. If you perform work that requires a license, you've commmitted a crime and have no right to payment. More informatino is required in order to determine if the work you do requires a license.
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About the Author: Lisa F. Starrett has been a certified paralegal since 1993 and has more than 12 years of experience in human resources and recruiting. As a paralegal with the Law Offices of Carl H. Starrett II, she works in the areas of bankruptcy, business litigation, construction, corporate planning and debt collection.