My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
The construction industry is all about contracts and partnerships between various parties. When you undertake a large construction job, that often means working with a wide range of different contractors and suppliers. Sometimes, during a construction job, disputes can arise over quality of work, pay, and various other issues. When it comes to dealing with a construction dispute, you need to have a plan.
Tip #1: Obtain Legal Assistance
The first thing you need to do is hire some legal counsel to assist you with your dispute. You want to make sure that you hire a legal representative who has experience with construction disputes.
With construction disputes, the issue often is a lack of understanding about what the expectations are for the job from one side or the other. A construction litigation lawyer will be able to look over your contracts and clearly explain what the expectations were, based on the contract.
Additionally, the construction world is ruled by different rules than other industries. There are very specific ways you have to handle disputes with construction bids, so you need to make sure you have an attorney who understands this area of law.
Tip #2: Consider Alternative Dispute Methods
Second, you need to consider alternative dispute methods. There are lots of ways to settle construction disputes without having to draw things out for months or even years. An experienced attorney will be able to help you quickly resolve the issue. An experienced attorney will work to guide both parties through arbitration, where things can be handled privately. If that doesn't work, then the formal litigation process will have to begin. Keep in mind though that litigation is a public process, ruled over by judges, and can take longer to reach a resolution.
Tip #3: Keep Written Records
Finally, your construction dispute will get resolved quicker if you have been keeping written records of everything that was happening on your job site. As a construction worker or building owner, documenting everything is just good practice.
For example, you should have been documenting the date, time, and issues discussed during every meeting and phone call. You should have pictures of the job as it was being completed. You should have blueprints and details of the work that was to be done.
If you are having a construction dispute, you need an attorney to represent you so you will be able to quickly resolve the issue.