Louisiana Public Contract Law: Material Supplier Notice Requirement

In Louisiana public contracts and jobs have been gaining momentum for my clients. Over the past few years there has been a spike in public work and as these jobs reach completion contractors, subcontractors, equipment lessors, laborers and materials suppliers are forced to become well versed in the layout of the public bid law.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Louisiana Litigation Strategy: Offer of Judgment

When litigating in Louisiana, both in State and Federal court there are some interesting tools that can be deployed by both sides of the dispute in order to encourage settlement. The Louisiana version of this codification is more robust than the Federal one, but both are appropriate for discussion in this post. Federal Rule of […]

Home Improvement Contracting – Things Have Changed

Often times, people ask why it is referred to as the "practice of law." Quite simply, the answer is because the law is always changing. In May of this year, I wrote about potential changes that could impact the construction industry following the 2013 Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Suffice it to say, the legislature […]

Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC)- Not To Be Taken Lightly

In recent weeks, I have seen a spike in the number of issues coming across my desk that directly involve the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors ("LSLBC"). While every situation has its own idiosyncrasies, when you find yourself being called to appear before the LSLBC, chances are very good you have a licensing problem. Here […]

In The Pipeline – Changes in Louisiana Construction Law

If there is any one constant in the legal profession, it is that the law is an ever-evolving, dynamic thing. While there are some general principles that tend to not change all that drastically over the years, the devil truly is in the details. Having to keep abreast of these changes is why you'll hear […]

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 […]