This is the first article in a series which will deal with issues which construction contractors face during a dispute in Olympia, Tacoma, and other Washington areas. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many contractors, for good reason, focus on the quality of their work as opposed to the workings of the legal process. Unfortunately, disputes do arise and a contractor must deal with it promptly. Failing to immediately deal with such disputes can lead to greater problems down the road. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help construction companies to fully understand their given situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will help a small to medium sized contractor make the right choice when they are choosing a business law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How proper contract negotiation can avoid construction disputes
- Dealing with liens and other pre-litigation claims
- Handling dispute resolutions
- Handling breaches of contract and collections
There are several reasons why small and medium sized contractors should understand these issues. First, the best way to deal with disputes is by ensuring that they do not happen in the first place. Having properly negotiated contracts and agreements can go a long ways towards accomplishing this. Second, a construction company has options when a customer is refusing to pay their bill. Liens and other pre-litigation actions are steps which can be taken to ensure payment. Third, claims are often settled in mediation, arbitration, or other settings outside of a courtroom. These alternative dispute resolutions can save a contractor substantial legal fees. Finally, there may come a time when a company must file a breach of contract action and seek to collect money which it is owed.
When handling a construction dispute it is important that companies retain a lawyer who is experienced in such matters. There are many intricacies to construction law. These include procedures which must be followed to perfect and enforce a lien or other claim. By dealing with experienced counsel you help to ensure that these steps are followed properly.
If you are a small to medium sized contractor then contact my Olympia office today to speak with a construction law attorney. I have extensive experience in handling such matters and I will work to find a solution which best fits your business needs. Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.