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The construction industry contributes to the economy by creating jobs and wealth for business owners who enjoy monthly net incomes, but it also involves the cooperation of the project owners, the management teams, and the contractors. Add in suppliers and subcontractors and there is an overwhelming possibility that something will go wrong. Construction contracts are vitally important to protect all parties involved. That’s why employing a construction litigation attorney is necessary.

A construction contract is legally binding and defines what each party to the contract is obligated to do and the terms governing those actions. While a verbal contract is considered to be legally binding, it may prove to be more difficult to enforce without written documentation. Retaining a construction litigation lawyer to write a clear construction contract can be greatly beneficial.

In the simplest terms, a breach of contract occurs when a party to the contract does not abide by the terms agreed upon. Breaches are serious because they can delay or even bring the entire process to a halt and must be addressed immediately.

The most common causes of breaches include:

  • Contractual omissions or errors
  • Failing to meet contractual obligations 
  • Unexpected or differing site conditions
  • Non-enforcement of the contract
  • Improper or incorrect claims.

Construction litigation lawyers, such as those from Warren S. Dank, Esq., P.C., have specialized in construction law and can provide services to anyone who will be a party in a construction contract. Designers, owners, suppliers, contractors, subcontractors, and architects should all be represented. It’s generally understood that construction lawyers can guide their clients through all phases of the construction process including conception, budgeting, scheduling, submitting and handling claims, and ensuring that regulatory guidelines are met, but there are some additional pivotal reasons why a construction attorney is needed.

  1. Protecting your interests – An attorney can make certain that your needs aren’t neglected and that you aren’t forced to accept contract terms that are below your worth.
  2. Clarifying your terms – Since contracts are legally binding exactly as they are written, it can be difficult to be sure that no wording is confusing or misleading. Skilled lawyers remove all doubts.
  3. Avoiding disputes – All parties to the contract bring different risks and goals to the table. The construction attorney can resolve issues before the contract is signed and put into effect.
  4. Building your business – The successful completion of contracts can lead to more engagements. A knowledgeable attorney can make sure it’s possible for you to complete all your contractual obligations so you won’t jeopardize the future of your business.

In addition to the reasons above, retaining the help of an experienced construction litigation attorney is the best move to make when a breach of contract occurs.