Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: October 28th, 2018 |
As Columbus, Ohio, construction attorneys, the legal team at the Jones Law Group knows that the overwhelming majority of our clients would rather get to work than spend time thinking about the legal issues related to their trade. We also know that this is exactly why our clients are wise to hire legal advisers and representatives.
Swinging a hammer before ensuring all the regulatory and contracting details are sorted out can put a company out of business. Fines and settlements or court judgments for seemingly small violations can far exceed any money made from completing a project. Three of the legal issues that most often challenge construction firms are described below.
Doing construction creates many kinds of legal liability, ranging from sticking to the prices quoted and paying workers their contracted wages and from protecting workers from injury to avoiding damage to nearby structures. Mistakes and misunderstandings will inevitably occur, followed by insurance filings or enforcement actions.
When predictable, and often unavoidable, accidents occur, a construction firm needs a Columbus construction attorney who can handle claims and lawsuits on its side. The lawyer will conduct communications with regulators, law enforcement officials, insurance company representatives and courts.
Every construction project must comply with dozens to hundreds of local, state, and federal zoning, environmental, and labor regulations. Consulting with a knowledgeable Ohio construction attorney will help a construction firm and its project managers understand which rules apply, as well as how those rules apply. Regulatory language is rarely clear and easy to understand, so hiring a person whose job it is to translate legalese into action items can prevent a lot of problems.
Technically, this brings us to six reasons to hire a Columbus construction lawyer. Consider the basic kinds of contracts a firm must negotiate, enforce, and defend to start, carry out, and complete even the most basic construction project:
• Contracts with the client
• Contracts with suppliers
• Contracts with subcontractors
This list only includes groups of contracts, and a construction firm may need several separate signed agreements in each group in order to move ahead on a single project. The list also excludes considerations related to land sales, teardown, historic preservation, archaeological surveys, and all the other special situations that may arise for a given project.
Entering into well-written and carefully negotiated contracts ensures that all the parties understand and stick to their commitments regarding liability, codes and compliance, and all other matters. Working with an attorney who has represented and fought for the interests of other construction firms will allow a construction company to concentrate on what it does best—planning and building—while the lawyer attends to the legal details that deliver good contracts.
To discuss the construction laws services available from the Jones Law Group, call our Columbus offices at (614) 545-9998 or fill out this online contact form. Meeting with one of our Ohio construction attorneys can set your mind at ease as you start or continue a project.