This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of construction disputes in Olympia, Tacoma, and elsewhere in the state of Washington. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic because many small to medium sized contractors are more concerned with running their business then they are with the legal system. There are times, however, when disputes arise and must be dealt with. If your construction company finds itself in a dispute over work or payment, then it is important that you contact an experienced attorney. I regularly handle such matters and my office is ready to assist you.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- How a properly negotiated contract can help contractors avoid disputes
- How contractors can deal with liens
- Attending alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
- Litigating a breach of contract for construction services
It is important for business owners to understand these issues. First, a properly negotiated and drafted contract will leave less “wiggle room” for interpretation as to the parties’ rights and obligations. This, in turn, will lead to fewer disputes. Second, construction contractors can often take steps to ensure payment through the filing of a lien. Third, disputes can often be resolved through ADR at a fraction of the cost of litigation. Finally, while a last resort, there are times when it is necessary to litigate a breach of contract lawsuit through trial, and the real prospect of that can both avoid disputes and produce early settlements.
One point I have stressed through each of these articles is that it is important that you retain an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters on behalf of construction companies. No two cases are the same. However, if you hire counsel, who is inexperienced in such cases, then you run the risk of having a representative who is unfamiliar with the nuances involved and who can miss obvious issues. Lawsuits, like history, may not repeat, but they often rhyme. I am an Olympia lawyer who devotes a substantial portion of his practice to assisting small to medium sized contractors. Contact me today to schedule an initial consultation.
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.