This question is cross posted https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/13995/a-plumber-left-the-job-in-the-middle-how-do-i-close-out-the-job because it was put on hold as off topic for DIY. (It has gotten more views on DIY than on LAW. I suggest reopening it here.)
I gave a plumber $2,000. That is about half of the price on his proposal.
The plumber is no longer on the job. (See Plumber asking for a lot more money, after starting work.)
What steps should I take to do the following:
A. Make sure the plumber does not put a lien on my property for the full price.
B. Get a refund of the money not used. (The plumber was here for 4 hours w an assistant and bought some 50 feel of 2" black pipe and fittings. That probably does not cost $2,000.)
Would taking him to small claims court be a reasonable way to get the job closed out?