Common Reasons for Construction Disputes
An Orange County construction disputes attorney can provide representation to contractors, developers, builders, investors, and others involved in real estate transactions. Both residential and commercial construction require substantial investment and involve tremendous uncertainty. Many things can go wrong during the process of building or remodeling, and disagreements often arise regarding who is responsible for, and must bear the cost of, problems.
Brown & Charbonneau, LLP provides assistance in the negotiation of construction contracts so clients can protect their interests and try to prevent a dispute from arising. Our legal team also offers guidance to those seeking to resolve construction disputes.
We can assist with arbitration, mediation, and litigation as methods of resolving disagreements that arise during and after the construction process. Whatever your role in a construction transaction, our legal team can fight for your rights when problems arise. Give us a call to speak with an Orange County construction disputes attorney who can help you.
Common Reasons for Construction Disputes
Construction contracts are complex legal documents because there are so many different components that go into a successful construction project. There is a great deal of uncertainty when undertaking a remodeling, building, or developing project, and it is essential that each party to a contract negotiate an agreement that protects his interests.
Unfortunately, regardless of whether a construction contract is a good one or a bad one, problems can still arise during and after construction. Some of the most common reasons for construction disputes include:
- Cost overruns: Projects routinely turn out to be more expensive than anticipated. A good construction contract will dictate who is responsible for cost overruns but disagreements can still occur.
- Shoddy workmanship: Sometimes, accusations are made that a contractor or subcontractor is failing to do work up to acceptable standards. These accusations may be justified, or may be a pretext to avoid payment for work performed.
- The use of inferior materials: Construction contracts should typically specify materials to be used during the project. Substitutions can result in disagreements regarding whether contract terms are being fulfilled.
- Unnecessary and/or unjustified delays: Some construction contracts contain strict deadlines and penalty clauses. Others don’t. Even if there are no written deadlines, lengthy delays could be considered abandonment of the project and a de facto breach of the construction contract.
- Excessive change orders: Changes can be made after construction has begun; however, there is usually a cost associated with modifications. Disagreements may arise regarding the appropriateness of the cost or the viability of changes during the construction process.
- Nonpayment for work performed: If a contractor or a subcontractor is not paid, they may generally place a mechanic’s lien or a materialmen’s lien on the property.
Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can help you in these situations, as well as when other problems arise during and after construction. We can help you to explore available methods of dispute resolution and provide advice on protecting your interests while resolving the disagreement that has arisen.
You Should Have An Attorney if a Construction Dispute Arises
Whenever any type of construction dispute arises, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney. You do not want to make any mistakes in trying to resolve the problems that have arisen, as mistakes could make your situation worse and could potentially cost you the ability to fight for a reasonable remedy. Your attorney can guide you through an appropriate response to the problems which have arisen in your construction project.
At Brown & Charbonneau, LLP, our attorneys are experienced in resolving construction disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner. When possible, our goal is to help your project get back on track and protect you from financial loss. If the dispute has derailed your construction project or if a problem has arisen after the construction is complete, our legal team will assist in using settlement negotiation; mediation; arbitration; or litigation to fight for an appropriate remedy.
Getting Help from An Orange County Construction Disputes Attorney
Brown & Charbonneau, LLP has experience with many different types of construction disputes that arise in both residential and commercial construction projects. Our legal team can provide representation to any participant in a construction project when things go wrong, from the builder or contractor to developers, owners, and investors.
Give us a call at (866)237-8129 or contact us online to find out about how an Orange County construction disputes attorney can assist you in trying to resolve the problems that have arisen with your construction project. Our legal team is here and ready to help you to fight for a final resolution that best protects your interests.