In the construction industry, disagreements are bound to happen and because of this, our Jacksonville construction attorneys have handled many arbitration and litigation cases throughout Florida. We understand the types of disputes that can happen between owners, contractors, subcontractors, and all other construction professionals. We know that adding a dispute resolution clause to contracts is an effective method for addressing the issues and problems that may delay a project. Visit Part 2 for the rest of the article.
What Can Go Wrong?
Even with your best efforts, mistakes are made and things can go terribly wrong. Take into consideration that during the course of a construction operation unforeseeable issues like delays may occur, supplies could be defective, and costs can exceed budgets. How will you handle a negligent design, lien issues, or a breach of contract? Wherever there is a potential for something to go wrong, this should be addressed in the contract.
Why a Dispute Resolution Clause is Needed
Drafting a dispute resolution into a contract identifies potential problems and provides a process for resolving them in the most cost efficient, time conscious, and amicable manner possible. This is why drafting an ironclad contract is vital. With a contract, you can address issues before they happen and instead of panicking at the slightest mishap, you will have it covered in the contract. This way you can approach project problems with a level head. With this clause, you will know where and how any disputes will be handled in advance. Depending on the method of dispute resolution you choose, adding the clause will help parties:
- Resolve disputes quickly
- Save money
- Give parties more decision-making power
- Solve disputes in an informal environment