We're Gonna Need You To Take Over Where Dipshit Left Off

New lawyer says that because so much of the house is left undone and therefore there's so much money left on the table that we shouldn't go with the foreman, but should find another builder (bonded, insured, etc.) who will be willing to take over.

That sounds, to me, like an impossible task. Why would a builder want to take on the headache of figuring out what's done and what's not, negotiating half-filled contracts and unfamiliar vendors?

On the other hand, he also says that this kind of thing happens all the time. It even happened to him, and he's a construction law lawyer! So maybe builders are accustomed to picking up half-finished projects? I guess we're going to find out.

If the house isn't done enough for us to close on by the end of the year, we're going to be fucked by taxes.

I can't count the number of times I've caught myself mentally searching for the Ctrl-Z, so I can unwind this mess and get us back to where we were 12 months ago.