Construction Law

Construction Law is a broad area that reaches consumers, contractors, and sub-contractors. Construction Law often revolves around contractual disputes, but can also entail change order disputes, schedule delays, material cost increases negligence, intentional torts, warranty disputes, LEED certifications, and many other areas. As a former Project Manager, Foreman, and Laborer, Mr. Chance is uniquely qualified to work with you on all of your construction law needs.

I run a small or mid-size company, why should I have immediate access to an attorney?

In the construction industry the large general contractors hold all of the cards. There is a limited number of jobs to sign, and a large number of subcontractors who want them. Competitive bidding has become a must, but is also a risky proposition. Having immediate access to an attorney is essential to ensure you are protected from the perils of the market. An attorney can help you design a contract that ensures fast payment, advise you on when to pursue mechanic’s liens, set up employee policies that help regulate your estimators, and to do many other things to prepare your company for success.

The GC gives us a contract, why pay an attorney to review them?

You won’t have to pay an attorney to review every contract, but you should be paying an attorney to periodically review your contracts. An attorney is trained to issue spot, and many of the large GC’s will allow some negotiation on certain provisions. Every contract written by the GC has been reviewed by an attorney, you should expect the same protection.

Why keep the same attorney to do most of your Construction Law?

By using the same attorney repeatedly you are allowing the attorney to become familiar with the way you do business. A personally tailored approach is essential when dealing with a business that focuses on repeat business (multiple projects with the same GC).

Why do I have to worry about negligence and intentional torts?

Often time’s insurance policies specifically exclude negligence and intentional torts, you should worry about keeping yourself protected at all times. If you have even one employee you have to worry about what is happening when you aren’t looking. An attorney can help you develop a plan to limit your exposure to these potential pitfalls.

 


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