Construction Contract Disputes
Before, during and after every construction project, a range of legal issues surface which can affect the outcome of a build. Chief among them are construction contract disputes. To ensure success, it is crucial that you have an experienced law firm by your side that can effectively handle any and all construction-related legal issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Construction Contract Disputes | What Construction Contracts Should Include
One of the most important components to any construction project is the contract. A well-executed contract will protect the interests of all parties involved including the owner, lessee, general contractor, and subcontractors. The purpose of a construction contract is to designate liability and expectations as well as ensure that owners get what they pay for and contractors and subcontractors get paid for the work they do. Well-drafted contracts will provide enforcement mechanisms in the event that a party does not hold up their end of the contract. Construction contracts should include:
- Scope of work and outline of performance duties
- Payment clauses.
- Termination clauses.
- Force majeure provisions.
- Indemnification or assumed responsibility/ liability.
- Warranties and bonds.
- Project changes and change orders.
- Timing provisions.
- Flow-down provisions.
- Consequences for breach and dispute resolution options.
Construction Contract Disputes | Dispute Resolution
Throughout the construction process, there is a wide range of disputes that can aries. From budget to timeline and other more technical aspects such as warranty issues, fire code violations, electrical issues, roofing and plumbing problems, inspection failures, mold and mildew, and building code violations. When disputes arise, it is difficult for a land or building owner who is not a professional in the construction industry to offer a fair fight. This is where having an experienced construction lawyer on your side is beneficial.
New Jersey construction litigation lawyer Bart W. Lombardo has decades of experience handling construction dispute resolution in New Jersey. To avoid lengthy litigation processes, there are a number of alternate dispute resolution options that he will suggest first.