July 19, 2021

Planning residential or commercial construction? Whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned builder, having access to a professional construction lawyer is more than a value add to your company; it’s a necessity.

Between negotiating contracts, hiring contractors, and following all city ordinance requirements, there’s a lot of room for error. In fact, one slip up could end up costing you more than money; it could cost you your business.

What Does a Construction Lawyer Do?

Construction lawyers assist clients with every aspect of a new building project. This includes:

  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Termination
  • Drafting Contracts
  • Submitting claims

Though the goal of a construction lawyer is to set you up for success right at the beginning of the project, your lawyer should still play an active role during the actual construction phase, too.

Basic Role of a Construction Lawyer

Business lawyers who specialize in construction law offer a deeper understanding of what’s at stake during a project, such as which permits (state/federal) you need to apply for and what OSHA requirements you need to take into account as you build your crew. They can even help you find qualified lenders to help finance the project to completion.

Here are some other services they provide:

Review Contracts

Before you or your contractors sign on a dotted line, you’ll want to have your lawyer review (or draft) any contracts related to construction. This is perhaps one of the most important first steps, as once you sign, you are legally bound to this agreement.

Should a breach of contract occur, or a customer refuses to pay for services rendered, your lawyer will help you understand your rights and take the next steps to protect your business.

Dispute Resolution

If issues or disputes arise during a building project, your lawyer can provide a resolution to help you avoid court costs or delays in construction. Mediation and arbitration may also be an option. Your lawyer will work on your behalf to negotiate a fair agreement.   

Comply With Zoning Laws

Zoning laws regulate how property in a specific location can be used. Before you break ground on a new project, you’ll want confirmation that you are in full compliance. If you violate a zoning ordinance, for example, you could face costly consequences, including selling your property, pausing construction, or worse, canceling the project altogether.

Hire KTF as Your Construction Lawyers 

At KTF Law Firm, our team specializes in the following services:

  • Design Approval
  • Zoning and City Statutes
  • Business Lending for Capital
  • Business Formation Consultation and Tax Factors
  • Creating and Executing Contracts

When you work with us, you’ll have direct access to all the support, tools, and industry insights you need to stay protected, so you can focus on building better communities.

Contact us today to learn how we can support your next construction endeavor.

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