Getting Paid – Notice of Contract Filing

So you've completed your work but now you're running into problems getting paid for the job. As most people in that situation are aware, the Private Works Act (should that be the applicable act) provides very specific instructions for preserving your claims and privileges in this situation. In common terms, the PWA allows you to […]

Mediation! New Service Available at Wolfe Law

Seth J. Smiley, partner at Wolfe Law Group, LLC and author of ConstructionLawMonitor.com is now a formally trained mediator. New Orleans just hosted the AAAU's (American Arbitration Association University), Essential Skills for the New Mediator workshop in downtown, hosted by Neil Carmichael. Why would parties want to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? […]

California Civil Procedure Series – How to File Suit

As an attorney in multiple states (California and Louisiana) there are many overlapping rules and theory of law that are transferable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, there are many local and state wide idiosyncrasies that are not necessarily taught in law school or not easily attainable for pro se or pro per litigants. This post has some helpful […]

Construction Insurance Rates Predicted To Increase

According to a recent Press Release from Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management, construction firms across the U.S. will be facing new challenges in the upcoming year. Insurance rates have been declining for close to a decade, but rates are forecasted to increase between 8 and 10 percent. Firms with poor loss histories will receive […]

New Orleans City Council Passing Construction Requirements

Two weeks ago the New Orleans City Council passed and ordinance that is purported to beef up labor violations for city construction contracts. The council was sharply divided whereby the ordinance passed by a 4-3 final vote. The ordinance is best described by the City Council's own publication: "The Council adopted Ordinance Cal. No. 28,899, […]

Contractor Websites

In the course of staying on the pulse of the construction industry I read numerous articles online, using things like twitter, Google Reader and other forms of social media. Recently, I discovered a website from Darren Slaughter, he designs websites just for contractors! Many contractors have lackluster sites that all but drive away potential clients, […]

Contractors Get Good Insurance & Use It!

More and more in my everyday practice I encounter issues with contractor general liability insurance (GL). Whether I am defending a contractor or going after one, there tend to be issues with GL carriers. Here are some tips on coverage and others for contractors who have issues. First and foremost, contractors need to get a […]

New California Business? Knowledge is the key…

Most attorneys, myself included, take for granted how little most individuals know about corporation law and business entities. The distinctions between the different types of entities that can be created are substantial and have a tremendous legal effect on how the business operates from year to year. There are four basic categories of business that can be […]

How To Challenge An Unemployment Claim in Louisiana

When an employee is terminated and claims unemployment benefits in Louisiana, the claim is associated with your business' account and will affect your unemployment insurance rates in the future. It's no secret that people can abuse the unemployment benefits system. Unfortunately, the burden really falls on employers to prevent abuses. In Louisiana, unemployment claims are […]