Business Attorney,Construction
Written by Edward Lai

General Tips for Contractor’s Contracts

It might sound ridiculous to some not to have a written contract between a client and a contractor. However the situation does happen more often than one would think. While this normally happens when the contractor is a good friend of the client, not having a contract would make any good contractor hard pressed to keep track of everything that would go into a project.

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Constructio Defect Attorney Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

How to Protect from Construction Delay

Construction delay is the most common cause for construction litigation for non-private and residential projects. These delays can jump from one contractor to another, ultimately causing a domino effect and costing the property owner thousands of dollars.

So how does one protect themselves from these delays? First as the property owner or contractor one must acknowledge a delay, no matter how minute, can ultimately cost the project money. Unfortunately, there is not a lot that anyone can do to predict or completely prevent delays from happening.

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Lawyer,Construction Defect
Written by Edward Lai

FAA Rules on Drone Usage in Construction

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally ruled on the use of small unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, in building construction. The FAA’s ruling, which has been termed as Part 107, is a major step in the future usage of drones in the construction industry.

As the law stated before Part 107, companies had to go through a lengthy and sometimes tedious process of using drones in their construction process. The process was called the Section 333 exemption process and imposed serious restrictions on the operations of unmanned aircraft as well as their pilots.

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Lawyer,Construction Defect
Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Becoming a Land Developer Part 2: Other Considerations

As discussed previously, the current real estate market may present the best opportunity to become a developer. The cost of land is still reasonable, and the number of contractors seeking employment remains high. Nevertheless, becoming a successful land developer will be a challenge, and starting up the business will need careful thought and planning. In Part 1, hiring for key roles was discussed. Part 2 discusses other considerations.

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Business Attorney,Construction
Written by Edward Lai

A Guide to Becoming a Land Developer Part 1: Who to Hire

Today’s market may be the best time to become a developer. The cost of real estate is still falling and the number of contractors who are looking for work is still high. However, the road to becoming a land developer is not an easy one.

There are many twists and turns to becoming a successful land developer, and the hardest part is actually starting out. Of course the funds are the most important first step in starting any project; knowing where your project stands in terms of budgets will set the tone and pace. Next you will have to find the important workers who will help.

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Construction, Attorney,Mechanic’s Lien
Written by Edward Lai

Trying to Understand Mechanic’s Liens

A Mechanic’s Lien is no laughing matter for either a property owner or the contractor/material supplier asserting the claim.  There are significant potential consequences if such a lien is filed against a property owner.  To be protected from a Mechanic’s Lien, it is best know the ins and outs of this confusing, yet crucial legal process.

Definition

A mechanic’s lien is a legal claim against the title of a real property by a subcontractor or material supplier due to the failure of that subcontractor/material supplier to be paid.   Such a lien may be possible even if the owner timely paid the general contractor, but the general contractor failed to pay the subcontractor/material supplier.  In such a scenario, the property owner could end up paying for the work/material again.

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Constructio Defect Attorney Oakland CA
Written by Edward Lai

How to Avoid a Construction Defects Lawsuit

As a construction contractor or sub-contractor, one of the biggest things that you must try to avoid is a construction defects lawsuit. So what is a constructions defects lawsuit? Basically, it is a lawsuit that comes from a disgruntled customer on the premise that the customer is not satisfied with the finished construction product for one reason or another.

Normally, under California law, the statute of limitations for such a lawsuit is 10 years after completion of the building, for “latent” defects, under California of Civil Procedure Section 337.15.   It is four years if the defect is “patent”, California Code of Civil Procedure Section 337.1.

The cause of such a lawsuit can stem from any number of reasons, even those that are beyond your control.   Here are some tips on how to maximize avoiding the potential of becoming a party to a construction defects lawsuit:

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