As a contractor should you notify your general insurance carrier of any claims against you?  Contractors, always submit your claims to insurance.  While you may believe the claim is not covered, without asking you will never have an answer.  If your carrier does accept coverage or accepts under a reservation of rights, your carrier may…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the April/May 2014 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. An article from the December 2013/January 2014 issue talked about the importance of inspector certification and qualifications, arguing that the case U.S. Supreme Court in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc.1 held that judges should consider four factors to recognize…

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Greetings followers!  Today we provide another video from our November 20, 2013 Arizona Mechanic’s Lien Law seminar.  Today’s video addresses the question: How do you complete a Prelien if you aren’t sure what will be the total contract price? In this clip, an attendee asked how to fill out an Arizona Prelien Notice when doing…

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Can I Recover My Attorney’s Fees If I Have to Lien? Another excerpt from our Lien Law seminar in November of 2013.  If you have questions or would like to know more about what options you as contractor or project owner may have, contact us for a consultation. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiytpCK10DY[/embedyt]

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Today’s post is another installment from last November’s Arizona Lien Law Seminar.  In this installment we talk about the difference between residential and commercial projects and how that affects subcontractor lien rights. As a subcontractor on a residential project in Arizona, you ONLY have lien rights if you have a contract directly with the owner. …

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By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the February/March 2014 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. In a recent Hardwood Floors Troubleshooting column about failed engineered flooring, there was an ongoing debate in the online comments about who is responsible for a failed installation. Inspectors blamed installers for product choice and failing to give care instructions,…

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By D. Jeffrey Craven This is part 2 of a two part article originally published in the October/November 2013 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. In the last issue we started defining some of the common “legalese” terms that show up in contracts despite the growing “plain English” movement in the legal profession. Legalese is the use…

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