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Contractor Disputes

Skilled Gilroy Lawyer Protects Your Rights in Contractor Disputes

Northern California attorney provides assistance for builder conflicts

When you engage a contractor, whether your project is a large commercial complex or a single office building, you have a right to expect that work will go smoothly and according to your contract’s terms and timeline. Unfortunately, things often don’t proceed as expected in construction projects. When that happens, it’s important to seek help from a knowledgeable attorney. At the Goldblatt Law Firm, in Gilroy, I draw on decades of experience representing commercial property owners throughout Santa Clara County in disputes with contractors and will provide you with the knowledgeable advice and strong counsel you need when your project is in jeopardy due to disputes with the contractor.

Steps for avoiding potential disputes

In any construction project, it’s important to do your homework before you hire anyone to start work. Here are some steps you can take to help avoid disputes with contractors:

  • Determine if your contractor will obtain any needed building permits.
  • Get at least three bids and ask for references and search for any online reviews.
  • Check the contractor’s license status on the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) website. Anyone performing work of more than $500 must be licensed by the CSLB. The CSLB also does a criminal background check before licensing contractors.
  • Make sure your contract includes specifics about who will do what and when. This should also include project materials, cleanup and debris removal.
  • Get a list of subcontractors, workers, and suppliers who will be used and check subcontractor licenses with the CSLB.
  • Ensure that your contractor carries liability and workers’ compensation coverage. The CSLB can verify the contractor’s insurance status.
  • Do not sign a contract if you do not understand its terms.
  • Don’t make a down payment of more than 10 percent or $1,000 (whichever is less). It’s against the law to pay more for a down payment.

Even if you don’t anticipate any disputes, it’s a good idea to have a lawyer review your contract to ensure that it is appropriate and protects your rights.

Types of contractor and construction disputes

Despite all your best precautions, you may still wind up with problems with your contractor such as:

  • Construction contract and subcontractor disputes
  • Bid protests and disputes
  • Material supplier and commercial code lawsuits
  • Collections, payment bond claims and mechanic’s liens
  • Construction delay and impact claims
  • Surprise costs and scope creep (continuing changes or growth in a project’s scope)
  • Missed deadlines
  • Poor-quality work or materials

While you may be able to handle some of these disputes through a reasoned discussion with your contractor, there are many cases in which these disputes may require mediation, arbitration or litigation in court. If you are unable to quickly resolve a contractor dispute over your commercial property, I can help.

Contact a skilled California attorney for help with a contractor dispute

The Goldblatt Law Firm protects and advises Northern California property owners faced with contractor disputes. Please call 408-763-4715 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Gilroy office. Habla español.

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