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What Types of Projects Can a Contractor Attorney Help With?

It can be difficult to find an attorney who’s familiar with your specific industry and type of construction project. A lawyer capable of helping on small residential projects may not be able to assist on a massive highway project. Similarly, finding a lawyer to handle your mechanic’s lien may not be difficult, while finding a […]

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3 Things to Consider Before Terminating a Construction Contract

Given the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, contractors across the country are turning to their contracts in search of provisions that would excuse them of performance. When material prices rise, labor becomes scarce, and project expectations become impossible, contractors are left with little choice but to terminate their contracts. But terminating a contract is seldom […]

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Looking Forward: How to Approach Construction Contracts During and After the COVID-19 Outbreak

Over the past month, contractors have been looking through their contracts for what are known as force majeure contract clauses. These clauses excuse performance in the event of an “act of God,” an unforeseen circumstance like the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). And while reviewing your current contracts is vital, the question remains: how do we […]

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What If My Contract Doesn’t Have a Force Majeure Clause?

Here at Cotney Construction Law, we’ve been advising construction professionals to do everything they can to protect their businesses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Among other recommendations, we’ve been advising contractors to stay up to date on stay-at-home orders, send sick workers home, and review their employee manuals. We’ve also been advising contractors to […]

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8 Ways to Create a Strong Construction Contract

An effective construction contract can help protect your company against legal problems if a relationship with a business partner goes awry. Having an enforceable contract with clearly outlined expectations can only benefit all parties. In this editorial, a Greensboro construction lawyer will give you some tips on how to create a strong construction contract. 1) […]

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Anticipatory Breach of a Construction Contract: What Is It?

The anticipatory breach of a construction contract can have significant ramifications for your company, regardless of which party will fail to fulfill their obligations. In a worst case scenario, an anticipatory breach can be a costly endeavor and may require legal action to resolve. In this editorial, a construction lawyer in Wilmington, NC, will define […]

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The Key Contract Provisions Needed to Combat Coronavirus

Roofing contractors across the United States are facing a variety of issues arising out of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  These issues range from delay in obtaining certain materials – especially materials sourced from China – to suspension of projects.  In the last week, we have been involved with more than two dozen suspended or cancelled projects as […]

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How Poorly Drafted Construction Contracts Lead to Litigation

Contracts are the main determinant of construction disputes and related legal actions. You know this. Our Memphis construction attorneys know this. And so do project owners. In order to ensure the best possible outcome for themselves, owners often pressure contractors into signing contracts that are one-sided, designed to shift blame away from the owner no […]

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Is a Construction Delay a Breach of Contract?

Delays are an ever-present concern in the construction industry. Despite their best efforts, contractors can face delays as a result of budget issues, inclement weather, or the negligence of other parties. When delays begin to pile up, it’s not the strain on labor or resources that’s always the main concern but the possibility of litigation.  […]

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Worst-Case Scenario: The Construction Contract

General contractors and subcontractors alike can find themselves in a difficult position as a result of their construction contracts. When delays, defects, and disputes emerge on a project, it’s your contract that will determine the outcome. Unfortunately, many contractors fail to prepare for the worst by failing to acknowledge the weight of these all-important documents. […]

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