Olympia Lawyer Handling Construction Liens & Pre-Litigation Claims

Justice scale and legal documentsIn a perfect world the customers of construction companies would immediately pay their bills and not ask for extras. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect. There are many instances in which contractors complete a job and are left waiting for payment. Such a delay can be especially devastating for smaller companies, but even larger ones can experience the death of a thousand cuts. Fortunately, the law provides mechanisms and rights to protect contractors. By recording a lien against the customer’s property, or filing a claim against bond and retainage, you can help ensure that you will be paid for the services you provided. A lien must be properly executed and recorded to be effective. It is, therefore, important that you retain an experienced attorney to ensure that your matter is handled properly. Ben Cushman is an Olympia lawyer who helps with the filing of construction liens, public works bond and retainage claim, and other construction claims. Ben focuses on this area of law so that you may focus on the most important thing – the job. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Tacoma and other areas in Washington.

Attorney assisting Olympia and Tacoma contracts with filing liens and other actions to collect payment

A lien is a legal mechanism by which a contractor can claim a right against a home or structure which they have performed work on. Under Washington law, a contractor may file a lien if they constructed, repaired, altered, or otherwise worked on any privately owned structure or real property.  A lien must generally be filed within ninety days of the last day of work. A similar process, a claim against bond and retainage, is available for public works, but on a tighter time frame. A properly executed lien or bond and retainage claim will provide the unpaid contractor with security that it will be paid. It is best for construction companies, who have gone unpaid, to immediately consult with a lawyer due to the time constraints associated with filing a lien or bond and retainage claim.

Ben Cushman is an Olympia attorney who helps construction companies with filing liens or in pursuing other actions to collect payment. Ben will use your initial consultation to review the contract under which work was performed, any correspondence between your company and the non-paying party, and any other relevant documentation, and advise you as to your best options for getting paid or avoiding back charges or other claims. Our firm understands that running a business is difficult. Our goal is to handle such issues in a way that allows you to focus on your business.

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 cites of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.

Lawyer providing quality service to Olympia contractors who have not been paid

It is frustrating to have not been paid after work has been performed. A construction contractor does not need the added aggravation of dealing with a lawyer who provides poor service. This is why Ben makes attorney-client communication a priority. He quickly replies to emails, promptly returns phone calls, and takes steps to make himself available to answer your questions. We consider it an honor to serve the Olympia and South Sound community and we take this obligation seriously. Contact us today.

Ben can also help with the drafting of construction contracts, bid protests, and litigation.