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17 Jul, 2012

So, Thinking About Walking Off the Job?

2012-07-17T14:10:34-05:00July 17th, 2012|Breach of Contract, Contract|

How many of your projects have gotten to the point where you think it is best to just walk off the job? I am sure you have any number of times. But, the question always turns on whether walking off the job will cost you more than the headache of completing it. A recent Texas case discussed some of the issues involved in whether to walk off the job. In [...]

29 May, 2012

Does Your Company Have a Contract Administration System?

2012-05-29T15:17:56-05:00May 29th, 2012|Construction Law, Contract|

These is the first in a series of blogs that will discuss the importance of creating a Contract Administration System that will help you better track your contracts and improve your chances of recovering full payment. Below are the first 2 of 10 steps to create a Contract Administration System. But first, why set up a Contract Administration System? It is becoming increasingly difficult to get owners to pay for change orders [...]

10 Mar, 2012

Do You Have Pay-if-Paid Clauses in Your Contract?

2012-03-10T09:35:45-06:00March 10th, 2012|Construction Law, Contract|

Do you review the payment terms in your contracts? Do they contain a Pay-if-Paid clause? Did you know that this clause can bar your claim if the owner does not pay the general contractor? Pay-if-paid clauses can be very complicated, but well worth reviewing so that you can adequately gauge your risk before you take on a project. A recent case highlights the problems that a pay-if-paid clause can cause. [...]

22 Dec, 2011

Who’s Reviewing Your Contracts?

2011-12-22T08:13:20-06:00December 22nd, 2011|Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Contract, Nebraska Construction|

I came across a Linked-In post the other day in which an attorney was asking whether he should add any extra language to an AIA agreement between the owner and contractor. This question got me wondering how  many construction companies ponder the same question. Here are some questions to think about as you wait for the holiday party to start. Should your attorney review the contracts you are signing? And, [...]

9 Nov, 2011

Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Limit Your Liability?

2011-11-09T19:21:02-06:00November 9th, 2011|Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Contract, Documentation, Limit Liability, Nebraska Construction|

Did you know that you may be able to limit your liability on a construction project? Limitation of liability provisions are enforceable in Nebraska and may provide an effective method to limit your liability. Limitation of liability clauses generally set forth the upper limit a contractor may be liable for the work it performs. These clauses often times contain language like: Contractor’s maximum liability to Owner for all damages shall [...]

26 Oct, 2011

Change Orders – Do They Really Need to Be In Writing?

2011-10-26T09:52:14-05:00October 26th, 2011|Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Construction Law, Contract|

Well, it depends. Client questions and case law abound with questions about change orders and whether they really need to be in writing. Although Nebraska courts have not dealt with the issue in a while, courts around the country have recently addressed this question and it always comes down to the specific facts involved. But, if your contract requires a change order in writing, you would be well advised to [...]

13 Sep, 2011

Are you Allocating Responsibility on GREEN Building Projects

2011-09-13T10:22:47-05:00September 13th, 2011|Building Contracts, Contract, Documentation, Green Building|

Our clients are often times frustrated at the lack of clear delegation and responsibility on GREEN building projects, such as those pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation. While LEED projects mandate an integrated process and seek input from all parties, there is very little guidance as to each party’s obligations. To avoid this confusion, we recommend contractors take some preliminary steps to clarify their duties and responsibilities [...]