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Subdivision Improvements and the Single Claim of Lien

March 29, 2013 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Operating under Florida’s Construction Lien Law can leave some contractors feeling as if they are negotiating the proverbial “minefield” of the Florida Statutes. One reoccurring question (whether in residential or commercial construction) I routinely address is, “How many construction liens must I record”. That depends on whether you have one or more contracts and are dealing with one or more owners.

Contractor Advertising: Include Your License on all Social Media Outlets and Websites

March 25, 2013 Construction Industry Legal Blog

With the construction industry working again, construction companies are continuing to look for alternative and non-conventional methods of advertising their services in order to secure projects.  Advertising can make the difference between an outstanding business year and “keeping the lights on”.  Florida contractors have many new ways of promoting their […]

Make Sure You have Addressed all Pending Counterclaims and Affirmative Defenses Prior to Moving for Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure

February 1, 2013 Construction Industry Legal Blog

After filing a foreclosure action and receiving a response from the Plaintiff, it is common to obtain the needed documentation, including supportive affidavits, and move quickly for summary judgment.  However, a recent decision from the Fifth District Court of Appeals has clarified when summary judgment is available following the filing […]

Notice of Commencements – Construction Law’s “Source Document”

January 11, 2013 Construction Industry Legal Blog

The Notice of Commencement is the most useful document for a contractor or subcontractor to obtain necessary information to perfect lien rights. The Notice of Commencement is referred to as the “source document”. A contractor or subcontractor who records a construction lien has the right to rely upon the information contained in the Notice of Commencement when attempting to perfect their construction liens. If the information in the Notice of Commencement is wrong, it will not invalidate the lien. The Notice must contain the following information:

Construction Contracts – Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Expert Fees

January 4, 2013 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Construction litigation is expensive.  In many cases, attorneys’ fees comprise a large portion of the cost; however, they are not the only significant cost.  Increasingly, expert witnesses are needed to address very technical design and construction means and methods issues.  Many cases will require multiple experts.  Expert witness fees increase […]

Liens for Interior Design Services

December 12, 2012 Construction Industry Legal Blog

The profession of interior design has been a consequence of the continued development of interior space and complex architecture.  Typically, the interior designer is tangential to the overall design team of a construction project.  The pursuit of effective use of space is of primary importance and functional design has contributed […]

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