What is a Construction Change Directive (CCD)?

The construction industry, just as any other industry has its own terminology or lingo. There are many examples such as "punch-list," "lien" and "substantial completion" to name a few. No words are more dreaded than change order. Construction change orders are some of the most litigated and disputed documents in all of construction law.

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 […]

I’ve Received Contractor Lawsuit. What Happens Next?

The project is either over or it is winding down, money and tensions are getting tight. Contractors know this scenario very well. The problem arises when a lawsuit is delivered because of the dispute. Many contractors do not know what to do once they receive a lawsuit. This post will outline the possibilities of what happens after the lawsuit is received.

Get An Attorney To Read Your Construction Contract – Every Time

At the start of every construction project you sign a stack of papers that will dictate your success or failure on the project: the construction contract.  The contract may be short and sweet, or it may be a mountain of paperwork that not only includes its own provisions but also cites provisions in other paperwork […]

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 […]

Construction Contracts – What is My Scope of Work?

The importance of your construction contract cannot be understated. Surprisingly, people on all ends of the contracting process don't always understand the importance of the words chosen in their agreement. Whether you're a general contractor, subcontractor or homeowner, you should be familiar with all aspects of your construction contract. Most importantly, you should be able […]

Joint Check Agreements On Construction Projects: What Suppliers Need To Know

Joint check agreements are very popular in the construction industry. In fact, many folks mistakenly believe that joint check agreements are exclusively a construction industry instrument.  Many folks also believe that joint check agreements are all the same, that there is standardized agreement language and rules, that they offer a lot of payment security, and […]

Contractors Prepare: 2013 Hurricane Season

Last week, the Office of the Attorney General issued a general letter from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to the public regarding the 2013 hurricane season. Sometimes, for unfortunate reasons, this time of the year and leading into the late fall and early winter can see a spike in the need for contractors and subcontractors. More unfortunate […]

Missed Your Lien Deadline – What Now?

True:  deadlines dictate when it comes to securing your lien rights. False: missing a deadline precludes you from ever recovering the money you are owed. In the construction world, there is no doubt that the deadlines for securing your lien rights are rigid and unforgiving. If you have not filed your lien by the applicable […]

Louisiana Contractors – Workers Compensation Insurance

Back in 2009 this blog reported on the very topic of Workers Compensation insurance, stating that 1 and 5 businesses are breaking workers compensation laws. In my everyday practice, I feel like the trend is still prevalent in the construction industry. The main reason being is due to the exorbitant price of this insurance on contractors. Workers Compensation is […]