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Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Law And Disputes

Murray & Craven, L.L.P., has successfully represented commercial building owners, homeowners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a wide range of construction law transactions and litigation. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case and recommend a cost-effective course of action. If you do not see your concern reflected in the questions and answers below, please bring it to our attention. We often take on unique, unusual cases and deliver results that exceed our clients’ expectations.

1. What kinds of construction cases does Murray & Craven, L.L.P., handle?

Our construction law caseload typically includes legal issues such as the following:

  • Government contracts
  • Miller Act claims
  • Liens
  • Bond/surety claims
  • Delay and scheduling claims
  • Defect claims
  • Warranty claims
  • Prompt pay claims
  • Defect claims
  • Warranty claims

2. What would cause a professional to make a mistake like the construction defects in my house?

Inexperience, incompetence, dishonesty or greed are the usual answers to why construction defects occur. Human beings make mistakes. Additionally, many contractors are simply incompetent, and there are many facets of construction contracting that are unregulated by licensing requirements or any other certification. To minimize your chances of having a construction problem, request our advice before signing any contract, making any agreement, or having any work done.

3. How do I find experts to help me with my construction defects case?

Your attorney at Murray & Craven, L.L.P., can suggest a team of experts to help develop your case. It is important to choose a lawyer who is experienced in construction defects personal property law. Contact us today.

4. What is an “implied contractor’s warranty?”

An implied warranty simply means an unwritten warranty. In construction, all construction is warranted to be done in a workmanlike manner. This would mean, for example, that a residential home would be livable, and a commercial building would provide the function (offices, warehouse, etc.) implied by its design and sales marketing.

5. What are my rights as a contractor to recover money owed for work I have done?

Aside from traditional lawsuit for breach of contract and other claims, contractors often have lien rights on property they have worked on. These lien rights, if available, can ultimately allow a contractor to foreclose on the real estate and get paid from the sales proceeds. The applicability of lien laws depends on many variables, and can often be very complicated. The right to file and foreclose on a lien rights can also be lost easily if not handled properly.

In cases where surety bonds have been provided, other remedies might apply against the surety. Claims and remedies are often handled differently in cases where work is done on government property. For federal government contracting, a contractor normally must file a claim under the “Miller Act,” which provides for remedies against surety bond companies and, possibly, other contractors.

Our team at Murray & Craven, L.L.P., can provide personalized answers to your questions about filing and enforcing lien rights, Miller Act filings and other remedies to recover for the work you performed.

Should I Speak With An Attorney Now?

Please do not delay if you have a construction claim. If you are not being paid, email us or call 910-663-2329 to discuss your legal options with an attorney at Murray & Craven, L.L.P.. Severe time limitations periods may apply. Our lawyers can help you get through your challenges in a timely manner with a minimum of stress or confusion.

« See also our webpage on construction and surety matters.