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You Can’t Fake a Lawyer’s Demand Letter

When a dispute emerges on a construction project, the demand letter is the first tool contractors employ to resolve disputes without needing to resort to a lawsuit, and for good reason — according to a report released by Arcadis, the average construction dispute in North America is valued at over $16 million and takes well […]

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What Mistakes Could Your Construction Contract Be Hiding?

The construction contract is king. It’s the single most important determiner of how projects, payments, and disputes play out. Despite the importance of a contract, many contractors are satisfied with “boilerplate contracts,” generic contracts that are in no way comprehensive enough to outline a construction project. Whether you realize it or not, your contracts may […]

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The Qualities of a Great Arbitrator

Picking an arbitrator in advance of a new project may be one of the best things you can do to protect your company during a costly and time-consuming legal dispute. Legal disputes are an unfortunate reality in this industry. Try as you might, a dispute is bound to emerge, and when it does, the chosen […]

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Oregon Prompt Payment Laws

Our Portland law firm has made it its duty to ensure that contractors working out of the Beaver State are rightly paid for work performed and materials provided. Fortunately, Oregon lawmakers have sided with contractors when it comes to payments. Below, a Portland construction attorney with Cotney Construction Law discusses Oregon’s prompt payment laws. Keeping […]

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Reinstating an Expired Contractor’s License in Tennessee

Becoming a licensed contractor in Tennessee isn’t easy. You have to work hard and remain dedicated to your trade if you want to meet all the necessary licensing requirements; otherwise, you’ll never work on a project valued at $25,000 or more — which can be a significant damper on your career aspirations as a contractor. […]

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Opportunity Cost in the Construction Industry

Every decision you make as a contractor has a cost. Whether it’s selecting one subcontractor over another, accepting a particular project when others are available, or giving your workers a necessary pay increase when funds are tight, there will always be the flip-side of your decision to consider. Typically, these costs are considered in the […]

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Why You Should Update Your Employee Handbook This New Year

Whether you regularly update your employee handbook or haven’t touched it since the first draft, the New Year offers the opportunity to review your handbook and make any necessary updates, so that your business can hit the ground running in 2020. What areas need to be addressed in your handbook? A Memphis construction attorney with […]

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How Modular Construction Continues to Make a Case for Itself

There are few building innovations that have garnered the level of excitement and enthusiasm that modular construction has managed to generate. As Construction Dive notes: “Hype for modular construction has hit a level of ubiquity.” And it’s not hard to see why. The construction industry is constantly engaged in an endless game of tug-of-war between […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Obtaining Final Payment on a Construction Project

For contractors, getting paid is never as simple as it should be. Owners have a tendency to drag their feet once the time to start writing checks has arrived, which can frustrate contractors to no end. Here’s the deal: getting paid can be a serious pain, even if you’ve conducted yourself in a professional manner. […]

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Nanomaterials: Are Your Workers Protected?

Recently, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) published a series of toolbox talks discussing the emerging applications of nanomaterials in the construction industry. This series covers a broad range of topics, including: Introduction: Nano-Enabled Construction Materials Identifying Nano-Enabled Construction Materials Aerogel Nanoporous Insulations Products Nano-Enabled Wood Coatings and Stains Nano-Enabled Cement Materials with […]

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