Construction law consists of properly documenting the business-side of a construction project (contracting) and resolving disputes that arise either from poor contract drafting or from determining who to hold responsible for an unknown condition that arises after the contract was drafted. A breach of the contract arises when one of the parties fails to perform an obligation that is covered in the contract. Disputes and breaches can be resolved by the parties agreeing to a resolution without regard to the terms of the contract, or by the non-breaching party holding the breaching party accountable.
A contract is like a blueprint for the business side of the construction project. Like a blueprint, the construction contract uses language and symbols to communicate to all the parties exactly how they are to interact with each other. It takes special training to know how to prepare and read contracts, just as it does to prepare and read blueprints, and our construction law firm has that knowledge.
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What is our process?
We want to understand how you define a successful outcome. For transactional issues, what are the important issues that need to be addressed in the document we are drafting? For disputes, what is the desired resolution or outcome?
Step One: Learn your objectives and goals
For transactional, we draft a document that will achieve the desired outcome and reflect the client’s business. For disputes, we uphold the obligations stated in the contracts and/or determine reasonable remedies for issues not addressed in the contract.
Step Three: Craft the strategy
For transactional, what have the parties agreed to and has an agreement been reached on all the key issues? For disputes, we need to know whether the contract addresses the issue, how it was addressed, who’s at fault, and what damages resulted
Step Two: Understand your concerns and issues
Following the strategy developed with and approved by the client, we move to achieve the intended result. Whether drafting a document or resolving a dispute, we’ll keep you informed on how things are going so you can focus on your business.
Step Four: Implement the remedy
In the construction industry, developing a comprehensive and understandable contract requires special training to ensure each party understands its part and is held accountable. At Minnesota Construction Law Services, we are a construction law firm that uses the construction laws and regulations to your benefit. See below for common issues about construction law.
A construction contract is to the business-side of your project as the blueprint is to the construction site. A detailed and easy to understand contract lays the groundwork for a successful and smooth project. A strong construction contract will contain the key elements necessary to clearly communicate what each party can expect from the others including defined project scope, established timeline, determined cost, designated payment terms, comprehensive change order procedures, performance expectations, and a method for resolving disputes.
A construction defect is a deficiency in the workmanship, design, or materials that results in a flaw in the structure or aesthetics of a building. Repairing defective work can result in additional effort, time, and money. Our job is to hold the party that caused the defect accountable for the costs to repair it with the least effort and the lowest cost to our client.
Contractors rely on specialty subcontractors to complete projects on time and budget. A strong relationship with your sub begins with a strong subcontractor agreement that holds the sub accountable for the risks inherent in performing its trade. When a subcontractor fails in their performance on the project, the contract enables the contractor to hold the sub accountable. We know the challenges of finding quality trade subcontractors, and that problems can arise during a project. Frequently, you can’t risk losing a sub over an isolated performance issue. We know the importance of holding your subs accountable for their performance while protecting the business relationships you’ve worked hard to build.
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Areas of Construction Law
Minnesota Construction Law Services is invested in the construction industry through personal experience and legal leadership. Our construction law attorneys provide individual attention to each client to provide counsel and guidance tailored to their needs.