The tumultuous world of construction never stops moving. As our communities continue to grow and thrive, construction companies are hard at work building what we need. Schools, hospitals, apartments—construction companies do the work that we all benefit from.
The industry is complex, though, and that sometimes means lawyers need to get involved to make sure that things go smoothly. But what exactly does a construction lawyer do, and when do you know that you need one? In this blog, we discuss what construction lawyers do and what you need to know when looking for a lawyer for your business!
What Construction Lawyers Do
Construction lawyers deal with a wide variety of issues. Any type of legal dispute in the construction industry can be addressed by a lawyer. There are dozens of reasons why a construction lawyer may be useful, but below are just a few major ones:
- Suing an outside entity
- Crafting construction proposals
- Reviewing and negotiating contracts
- Being sued by an outside entity
- Payment disputes
- Local, state, or federal regulations
- Building permits
- Construction Liens
Construction lawyers can work with you on any number of issues, whether you are an individual worker or the owner of a company.
How To Know That You Need A Construction Lawyer
So construction lawyers can do a lot for people in the industry, but how do you know if you need a lawyer for any of these reasons?
When it comes to contracts and payment issues, you will definitely want to use a construction lawyer. Disputes like these are some of the most common lawyers tend to deal with, and you should definitely use a construction lawyer if they can’t be addressed in-house.
If you believe that you’ll need to go to court for any reason, then you will more than likely need to get a lawyer. If your company is suing or being sued you must have a lawyer to represent the company in court, except in small claims cases. If you are an individual, representing yourself, especially against a large company, is a terrible idea and will more than likely lead to bad results in court.
The crafting and review of any contract should absolutely utilize the services of a construction lawyer as well. It’s not uncommon for contractors, suppliers, and other entities to use the same contract template for certain positions/products. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s important that the template is reviewed by a lawyer. Distributing a bad contract dozens or hundreds of times is not great for business.
Trust Kecskes, Gadd, & Parker For Top-Notch Representation
The world of construction law gets more complex by the day, but our team has the dedication and expertise to stay ahead of the game. If you need legal representation/assistance or aren’t sure how to handle an issue, KGP Law is happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation today!