Advising Contractors, Subcontractors
and Material Suppliers
Advising contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in their day-to-day businesses, and litigating construction lawsuits, are a lot like running a construction project. Each requires careful planning ahead of time to make sure that everything runs smoothly from the start. Every legal strategy starts with a plan – a blueprint – followed by preparation and execution.
Which Best Describes How We Can Help
your Construction Business?
I have a specific job where I am having trouble getting paid.
Florida’s Construction Lien Law is written to give contractors and subcontractors the tools they need to make sure they get timely and properly paid for their work. But these laws can be confusing and complicated. The time frames to act are strict and unforgiving. One mistake can cost you the leverage you need to force a prompt payment. And without that leverage, you might not get paid at all – especially if you are a subcontractor dealing with bigger, wealthier general contractors. We help contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers get paid for their hard work.
My contracts really need an upgrade.
We also help these professionals tilt the scales in their favor with contractual provisions designed to get them paid. When a contractor is referred to us for the first time it is usually because they’re having trouble getting paid on a job. When we ask to see the contract their customer signed, it’s easy to see why. They’re using a contract they “Frankensteined” together from some combination of Google and a contract their former boss used to use. When you do not use a contract professionally prepared by a lawyer, it shows your customer that you do not take getting paid seriously. So, if you don’t care enough about getting promptly paid, then why should they? We draft contracts for our clients using the right “terms and conditions” that will increase your chances of getting paid on time…every time.
I have a client who is dissatisfied with my work.
You can’t please all the people all the time. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your customer is unhappy. It’s always best to do whatever you can to smooth this over before lawyers get involved. But some owners get their lawyers involved as soon as a problem arises. Very often unhappy clients and their lawyers invoke Florida’s Construction Defect Statute (F.S. Ch. 558). The 558 Notice kicks off some very important deadlines and can also implicate your insurance coverage. Don’t go to battle with a lawyer without having your own construction attorney in your corner.
I need some real-time, real-life, nuts-and-bolts advice.
Through our Business Lawyer on Retainer access plans, we serve as your “outside general counsel”. Our clients know that whenever they have any questions about how to proceed, or they need help planning and protecting their businesses, we are here to give timely, valuable advice.