Whether you are a homeowner dealing with a contractor who has failed to complete work as promised or a contractor facing a lien claim, we have the expertise to help you resolve your legal issues. Construction projects can be complex, and disagreements can arise at any stage. Our firm is here to help you navigate the intricacies of construction law and ensure your rights are protected.
We can help contractors with the following:
- Breach of contract: If a homeowner or other party fails to fulfill their obligations under a construction contract, know that you have to follow certain timelines in initiating legal action.
- Construction defects: If you are accused of defective work, we can help you defend yourself against negligence or breach of warranty claims.
- Payment disputes: If you are facing a dispute with a homeowner or other party over payment for work performed, we can help you collect unpaid invoices and protect your lien rights.
- Construction liens: Construction liens are legal claims you can file against property to secure payment for unpaid work. We can help you file and enforce your lien rights.
- Insurance disputes: You likely have insurance policies that cover you for various risks, such as property damage, personal injury, and workers' compensation. We can help you understand your insurance coverage and file claims with your insurance company when necessary.
Homeowners / Property Owners
We can help homeowners and property owners with:
- Breach of Contract: If a contractor does not fulfill their obligations under the construction contract, you may suffer financial losses or delays, or perhaps you received substandard work. We can help you enforce the contract, negotiate with the contractor, and pursue compensation for damages.
- Construction Defects: Whether a minor cosmetic issue or a major structural problem that compromises your property’s safety and integrity, we can help you negotiate with the contractor for proper remediation.
- Payment Disputes: Unfortunately, payment disputes are common in construction projects, and you may encounter a situation where your contractor demands excessive payments, asks for payment for uncompleted work, or perhaps you wish to withhold payment due to defects. We can help assess the validity of claims and negotiate fair settlements.
- Non-Performance: If a contractor fails to start or complete the project as agreed upon, we can assess the reasons for non-performance, negotiate with the contractor, and pursue legal remedies, including termination of the contract and damages.
- Delay Claims: If your construction is delayed, we can evaluate the causes of the delay, identify responsible parties, and negotiate with the contractor or other parties involved to recover damages.
- Unlicensed Contractors: Hiring an unlicensed contractor can lead to many legal issues, including substandard work, non-compliance with building codes, and lack of insurance coverage. We can assess the situation, advise on potential legal risks, and help you navigate the complexities of dealing with unlicensed contractors.
- Property Damage: Construction projects can sometimes damage neighboring properties or your personal belongings. We can help you assess the damage, identify responsible parties, and negotiate compensation for repairs or replacement.
- Construction Liens: Construction liens are legal claims filed by contractors or subcontractors to secure payment for unpaid work. If your contractor has filed a lien against you, we can help provide the necessary legal assistance to resolve the lien, negotiate a settlement, or challenge the validity of the lien.
- Construction Fraud: If you suspect you have been a victim of construction fraud, we can investigate the matter, gather evidence, and pursue legal action against the responsible parties.
- Insurance Claims: Construction projects often involve various insurance policies, and you may want help understanding your coverage, filing a claim, and negotiating settlements with insurance companies.
Why Hire MSM for Construction Litigation
Construction disputes often involve significant financial and reputational stakes. Do not risk dealing with these issues on your own. We can help you:
- Reach a Favorable Settlement: Without an attorney, you may be pressured into accepting an unfair settlement that does not adequately compensate you.
- Avoid Procedural Errors: Construction litigation involves complex legal procedures and deadlines. Our attorneys can guide you through the process and help ensure that your rights are protected.
- Present Your Case Effectively: Construction disputes often hinge on technical and industry-specific knowledge. Our attorneys have experience in construction law and can effectively advocate for your interests.
Q: How do I know if I need to hire an attorney for a construction dispute?
A: If you are facing any of the following issues, it is advisable to consult with an attorney:
- A contractor failed to complete the work as promised.
- You are dissatisfied with the quality of the work performed.
- You have a dispute over payment with a contractor or subcontractor.
- You have received a lien notice.
- You are facing delays in your construction project.
Q: How long does construction litigation typically take?
A: The timeline varies depending on the complexity of the case, but our attorneys work diligently to expedite the process.
Q: Can construction disputes be settled out of court?
A: Yes, many construction disputes can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration.