The construction contract is a powerful tool in any contractor’s toolbox, but, like any tool, it’s all about how you wield it. As the “rules of the game,” the construction contract’s duty is to clearly define the responsibilities of all parties involved while protecting the contractor from unwarranted claims, but there are numerous hidden risks […]
When it comes to bidding, no one likes a second guesser. Bid once, taking every detail into account, and you’ll immediately separate yourself from the “well, on second thought…” crowd. Of course, this may be easier said than done, as it takes a certain level of confidence to submit a single bid with assurance.  Bidding […]
Anyone who has had to determine a property line in order to get rid of some unruly shrubbery or remove a downtrodden fence knows the strain these often uncomfortable conversations can have on neighborly relations. After all, if you’ve lived in the home for years — or if the previous owners had no issues — […]
Having spent a significant portion of our careers with hard-hat hair, MNCLS knows how important collaboration can be to a construction business owner. While you might consider yourself a jack of all trades, there’s a good chance that you’ve got one skill set that stands out as your strongest — and has allowed you to […]
When drafting a construction contract, many items may need to be included or negotiated between all parties. The importance of a well-thought-out, clear, concise, carefully-drafted contract cannot be overstated — as it is the bedrock that sets the terms and expectations for both your project and your relationship with your customers.  Many law firms view […]
At Minnesota Construction Law Services, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to law –– and certainly not when it comes to construction arbitration. Other firms will pitch cookie-cutter solutions, but having worked as both construction industry professionals and then as lawyers solely representing contractors, we know the cookie-cutter method is the wrong approach. […]
When President Biden issued Executive Order 14042: “Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors” in September of 2021, a wave of uncertainty came with the announcement. After two years of variants, the COVID-19 discussion has become a mainstay in our culture — destroying friendships and relationships one differing opinion at a […]
One of the reasons Minnesota Construction Law Services is so passionate about helping professionals in the construction industry is that, prior to becoming attorneys, we made our living in the construction industry. During this time, we encountered many of the same struggles our clients face, which has helped to inform our unique approach to law. […]
OSHA’s Injury and Illness Reporting requirement is due annually for most businesses with 20 or more employees. This requires physically posting the Form 300A Log at the physical place of business, and electronically on OSHA’s ITA site. This is not an optional provision. Instead, this is mandatory for many, if not most, businesses that meet certain […]
Understanding Contracting Scams An unfortunate truth in the construction industry is that contractors are sometimes accused of scamming the client or being labeled as ‘con-artists.’ Often, a ‘con-artist’ contractor doesn’t have bad intentions. Instead, they don’t adequately cover their bases while communicating and negotiating the contract. Thankfully, we can prevent these accusations and maintain your […]