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Have a good filing system for each Job, and in there keep:

  • Contracts
  • Insurance Documents
  • Reduced copies of the plans, Shop drawings
  • RFIs
  • Invoices
  • Change orders
  • Correspondence
  • Daily Field Reports:
    • Must have: date, day of the week, weather, who on the job from your company and who on the job from other trades, short description of the job on that day
  • Photos

How To Avoid, Or Lessen The Impact Of, Lawsuits:

  • Read all contracts presented to you and if you do not understand do not sign
  • Do not do any work over $500 on a residential project without a written contract
  • Confirm all verbal conversations with an e-mail or letter
  • Confirm all important changes in writing, and have the owner or GC sign
  • Make sure all important events on the job are recorded (writing; photos etc.)
  • Have a workable progress payment schedule in your contract and stick to it
  • Make a note of the date you started and the date you finish the job for your lien rights
  • As a subcontractor send preliminary notices routinely within 20 days from the start of the job
  • Remember you can file a lien, if not paid, within 90 days from the end of the job

What To Do If You Get Sued:

  • Contact an attorney immediately sometimes insurance company will not cover you and there are requirement that an attorney can help you with to trigger the policy;
  • Tell your attorney everything: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Give all your documents to the attorney

This article is informational only and meant to provide guidance. It is not meant to be legal advice and it does not create an attorney-client relationship. For what to do in your specific situation, please consult with a qualified Construction Law attorney.


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Hoffman Legal Corporation

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