Although there are numerous laws in place to protect Florida contractors, knowing the ins-and-outs of construction law can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned contractor. Before you get caught up in legal red tape on a project, consult a Florida contractor lawyer who can help during all phases of a project.
How a Florida Contractor Lawyer Can Help Before Project Starts
Before a project begins, a contractor lawyer can:
- Ensure that all licensing requirements have been met
- Assist with construction proposals and bids
- Draft and negotiate contracts with an owner, subcontractors, and suppliers
- Draft other legal documents related to a project
- Provide guidance with obtaining government permits
- Explain local and federal regulations
- Ensure your safety manuals are up to date
- Ensure you’ve met all of the obligations within your contract
Additionally, an attorney can help with important steps once a bid has been accepted. Once a bid has been accepted, the attorney can discuss necessary insurance and liability coverage that may be required before starting a construction job. Furthermore, if a proposal or bid was wrongfully awarded to a competitor, an attorney can help challenge the ruling.
Both before and during a project, lawyers can help contractors understand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Because citations can be costly and OSHA regulations are intended to keep employees safe on a jobsite, it is critical to have an attorney who is intimately familiar with safety requirements and the inspection process. Our attorneys can guide contractors through the OSHA inspection process, spot items that are commonly missed and cited, and help keep employees safe, all while providing defense against wrongful citations.
What to Expect from Lawyers When Work is Completed
It’s not too late to hire an experienced attorney even if you did not consult Florida contractor lawyers prior to starting a project. Attorneys can help during and after projects are completed with:
- Filing a lawsuit
- Representing your business in arbitration or mediation
- Managing disputes with employees
- Filing a mechanics’ lien
- Securing payment
Contractor attorneys can help with both public and private contracts and should be consulted immediately if a contractor is informed of an OSHA inspection, injury or fatality on the job, or pending legal action against them. From construction defect disputes to roofing accidents or payment disputes, a contractor attorney will be able to help you navigate complicated legal issues that contractors face throughout the industry.
Whether in the courtroom or during a negotiation, Cotney Construction Law is committed to protecting our clients’ best interests. At Cotney Construction Law, your legal matters will be addressed and resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you can get back to doing what you do best: building your business. Our services include arbitration and litigation, OSHA defense, lien and bond claims, contract review and drafting, bid protests, employment law, and license defense.
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.