Demand Letter: How An Attorney Letter Can Help You Get Paid

In the legal and collection industry we call this document a demand letter, but in most other circles its simply known as an "attorney letter." There are many people who are fearful of this type of correspondence and others who simply trash or avoid it as a matter of course. Regardless of how it is treated by the recipient, an attorney letter can 1) get you paid quickly and 2) is generally inexpensive. Neither of these two qualities exist in many legal offerings.

Contract Terms and Conditions That Help Collections

Depending on which side of the table you are sitting at when signing a contract, will determine how the collections process at the end of project will go. Contract terms are key to a successful collection for final payment. A good contract can help the parties by: Lay out the scope of work for the […]

Commercial Debt Collection – How Do I Collect When A Company Owes Me Money?

  In today's business culture we call businesses working with other businesses B2B. It has always been a popular practice to the alternative, business to consumer. The rules are different governing B2B as opposed to B2C. The legal and business world assume that the B2B relationship and players are more sophisticated. This post discusses what […]

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? […]

Eviction – Get Out Of My Property!

Here in Louisiana as is the case in many states there is no "self-help" with regard to Landlords evicting an unworthy, lease breaching tenant. Evictions can be a prickly subject and even more difficult when you have a tenant who will simply not vacate the property. When it comes to commercial property and leases, there […]

Sports and Construction – Lessons Learned

Growing up in South Louisiana, originally from Baton Rouge and now residing in New Orleans, I've had a really rough week being a sports fan. After LSU laid an egg in the BCS Championship game and the Saints came up seconds short in the NFL playoffs, I began to ponder, what can we learn from […]

Tropical Storm Lee – Prepare for Insurance Claims

Contractors and property owners should be very knowledgable of the claims process after a natural disaster. Over the Labor Day weekend the New Orleans metro area, along with southern Louisiana experienced high winds and double-digit rainfall totals due to Tropical Storm Lee. Contractors who have equipment, property and unfinished work need to report any flood, […]

Why You Should Lien First (and Ask Questions Later) in Virginia

Christopher Hill is a LEED AP and construction lawyer in Richmond, VA.  He is a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite in Construction Law and authors the Construction Law Musings blog.  You can also follow him on Twitter at  @constructionlaw. First of all, thanks to Scott for allowing me the forum to guest post here at […]