Reasons Contractors Are Sued and How to Avoid a Litigation Part 2
The attorneys of Trent Cotney, P.A. believe that contractors do not have to succumb to the dangers of the construction. With the proper safeguards in place, contractors can keep themselves out of court. In this final article, we’ll discuss ways contractors can avoid being sued. Read the first part to learn about why contractors are sued. Head over to part three for the conclusion of the series.
Get Everything in Writing
Verbal agreements can be legally binding, but our Clearwater construction lawyers recommend that contractors try to put as much as they can in writing. It’s a given that most contracts should be in writing, but documents like change orders along with other documents can serve as leverage in the event of a dispute.
Know What You Can Handle
Our Clearwater construction lawyers understand what it’s like to work in the construction industry. We know that desperate times can often lead to desperate measures. However, too many contractors take on work they can’t handle. This can have a major impact on your project because it leads to defects, project delays, project abandonment, and spending way more money than you forecasted.
Read Your Contract Before Signing It
It’s unfortunate the number of contractors that fail to read a contract, this also applies to bidding documents. They trust the contract will suffice and later find they’ve agreed to some terms they would have objected to had they read the contract. If f you don’t understand something you need to get clarification before signing the contract. We can’t stress the importance of having your contract drafted by a Clearwater construction attorney or at least getting another pair of eyes to review your contract.
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.