Helpful Legal Tips for Contractors
Contractors coordinate the construction project, serve as the central point of communication for all involved parties, and review project and bid documents. As you hire subcontractors, consider all legal documents and expectations and this will help you manage and execute your responsibilities. With all that you do, a Lakeland construction attorney is there to help with the more complex parts of your job. Below are some legal tips we have provided for you as the contractor.
Know Your Building Codes
Building codes experience regular updating. Code changes are difficult to keep up with but can be accomplished. The changes typically happen by way of technology, fatal events, or new knowledge. To understand your building codes communicate with building officials continually.
Read the Contract
Carefully read the entire contract, including all attachments and addendum. Provide and note any documents, deadlines, or information. Keep a separate list of deadlines for all staff and management to access. Refer to these lists to ensure you are complying with all requirements and that you understand the agreement.
Know the Different Kinds of Waiver and Forms
Using your lien waivers correctly will protect your revenue and company. Review your standard terms and conditions, forms, and waivers. Consider modifying contract language to shift the risks and avoid unnecessary liabilities.
Protect Your Project Docs
Keep all emails, schedules, and shop drawings in a project folder. Securing cloud-based programs (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, etc.) can help you maintain your records. Document all written confirmation to support any future claims. If a dispute arises, documentation is the key to success.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.