When a dispute arises, whether the result of an owner refusing to pay, a defective work claim, or something else entirely, contractors need to team up with an attorney to protect their firm from undue legal ramifications. When a dispute arises, it’s vital that contractors know how to respond to keep their business operating smoothly and avoid a long, drawn-out dispute.
In this article, the Orlando construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss the three questions every contractor should answer when a dispute arises, including:
- Where Can I Find an Attorney?
- How Much Does an Attorney Cost?
- How Can I Avoid Another Dispute?
A contractor with no construction law partnerships will be helpless when a legal dispute arises, so consult an Orlando construction attorney before, during, or after a dispute arises to see how you can safeguard your firm from present and future legal conflicts.
1. Where Can I Find an Attorney?
There’s over one million attorneys in the United States, but only a small percentage of them specialize in construction law. As a contractor, you’ll be best served by partnering with a construction law attorney who not only has experience handling cases in the industry, but also has experience working in the industry, too. This intimate familiarity with the construction industry helps attorneys find the best solutions more quickly than their contemporaries who have never dealt with a mechanic’s lien or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). With offices from coast to coast, Cotney Construction Law is one of the premier providers of legal services aimed specifically at serving the construction industry.
2. How Much Does an Attorney Cost?
The price of an attorney will vary from professional to professional, but you’ll want to be certain that you balance cost and efficacy to reach the best possible outcome. Pinching pennies could cost you significantly more than an attorney fee if you choose the wrong representation. One way to save money is to invest in a subscription plan that gives you access to a wide range of legal services at a fixed monthly rate. For example, at Cotney Construction Law, a $1,000 per month “Silver” plan includes:
- Contract Review
- Basic Collection Letters
- Preliminary Lien Notices
- 2.5% Off Standard Hourly Rates
- Claims of Lien
- Preliminary Bond Notices
- Safety Manual Updates
- Employee Manual Updates
- Dedicated Attorney
- Customer Service Rep
- 5% Off Standard Hourly Rates
3. How Can I Avoid Another Dispute?
Once you get through one dispute, you’ll want to do everything in your power to avoid another one. One of the best ways to do this is by keeping an attorney on retainer to help you get ahead of any potential conflicts. This includes working with an attorney to evaluate your firm and active projects. If an attorney spots anything that is a cause for concern, you can remedy the situation before it gets out of hand.
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.