Should I have An Attorney Review This General Contract?

A typical homeowner question: “Should I have An Attorney Review This General Contract?”  The simple answer, yes.  Given the relative amount of money you may spend having an attorney review your contract with your contractor, could save you thousands down the line.  There are nuances in the law, particularity relating to construction contracts, that the…

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Translating Legal Jargon in Construction Contracts, Part 2

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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10 Ideas For Better Contracts

By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally Published in the October/November 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. As a construction litigation attorney, I have seen just about everything that can go wrong with a contract. Unfortunately, most contractors pay little attention to their contracts. In fact, they often never read a contract and assume protections exist that…

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Learn the Basics of Working for Your Government

By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the August/September 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Specialty trades like flooring contractors are often at the mercy of big commercial contractors, large tract home contractors, or custom homebuilders. With the downturn of the economy, many of these larger contractors have gone under, sometimes leaving the flooring contractor…

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