Indian Wells Construction Dispute Lawyers

Indian Wells Construction Dispute Lawyers, CA

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Construction Dispute Law in California

When a property owner and a general contractor contract for a construction project to take place on some property in Indian Wells, California, whether it's a house, some landscaping, or a remodeling project, there is always a chance that something can go wrong. In fact, at least a very minor setback may be more likely than not.

Most often, landowners and construction contractors are able to resolve minor to moderate disputes between themselves, and litigation is rarely necessary. Nobody likes litigation, so, to this end, most construction contracts have built-in remedies in case something goes wrong, like set price reductions if construction is delayed.

Even if disagreements can't be resolved amongst the parties to the contract, they don't need to take their dispute into the court system. For instance, construction contracts usually call for mediation or arbitration before any disputes are resolved by the courts. Mediation is a process by which a third party serves as a sort of intermediary in settlement negotiations between the parties to the contract. The mediator can help keep negotiations on track, and suggest possible solutions the parties might not have thought of. The mediator can't issue a binding decision, however. Arbitration is a process through which the parties agree to have their dispute resolved by a third party, which can render a binding decision. Arbitration can be faster and cheaper than litigation, and it has some other advantages, as well.

Litigating a construction dispute in Indian Wells, California is definitely not something that anybody likes doing. However, it is sometimes necessary, as a last resort.

Examples of Construction Disputes That Might Lead to Litigation in Indian Wells, California

Delays: If the contractor is culpable in a major delay in a construction project (a delay of weeks or months, for example), a lawsuit could result. If the contract specifically states that completion by a certain date is very important, or the builder has a good reason to know this, a court will often award the owner compensation for any economic harm caused by a delay.

Refusal to Pay: Disputes can also arise from a client's refusal or inability to hold up his end of the deal. Sometimes, once a project is complete, or nearly so, a landowner will express an unwillingness to pay the contractor for his services. There might be a variety of reasons for this - sudden loss of money, or dissatisfaction with the quality of the work are a few examples. It's rare that a client will refuse to pay a contractor simply because they don't feel like it (and if that is the reason, they'll usually come up with a better one to argue in court). In these cases, a court will sometimes have to decide if the client is obligated to pay the full price. If the work was, indeed, not up to the standards laid out in the contract, the contractor is not entitled to the full price, but is still entitled to the actual value of the work, even if it's significantly less than the contract price.

Subcontractors: With big construction projects, contractors usually hire other, smaller contractors to do some of the work for them. This is usually work of a specialized nature, which the general contractor isn't equipped to handle (such as plumbing or electrical wiring). The general contractor is the one who is responsible for the satisfactory completion of the project. If a subcontractor makes a mistake, or causes a delay, the general contractor is ultimately liable to the person who hired them. However, if they are sued for the mistakes of a subcontractor, and lose, they can then sue the subcontractor to recover their losses.

Mechanic's Lien: If the contractor wins in a lawsuit against the land owner, and the court orders the owner to pay the contractor for services rendered, the contractor needs a way to secure payment, if the owner refuses. In some cases, a mechanic's lien allows the contractor to force the sale of the land, and any improvements to it, in order to secure payment for the services it provided.

Find a Indian Wells Lawyer that Specializes in Your Area of Need:

Can a Indian Wells, California Attorney Help?

Construction disputes and disagreements can be very difficult to deal with alone. The assistance of a Indian Wells, California real estate attorney can make the process of dealing with these disputes much quicker and easier.

17 Real Estate, Housing & Property Law cases posted to LegalMatch lawyers in Indian Wells

Construction Dispute Attorneys in the Largest CA Cities

Show California Cities

Construction Dispute Lawyers in Other California Cities and Towns


Find the Right Lawyer Now

Top Rated Lawyers

View attorney profiles and see how other LegalMatch users rate attorneys that may respond to your case.

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer T. Hall B.

T. Hall B.

RIVERSIDE, CA

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Rating (4 users) ****
See Reviews
Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer Greg F.

Greg F.

RIVERSIDE, CA

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Rating (7 users) *****
See Reviews
Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer Timothy O.

Timothy O.

ALAMEDA, CA

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Rating (1 users) *
See Reviews
Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer
LegalMatch Real Estate, Housing & Property Law Lawyer Janis T.

Janis T.

SAN DIEGO, CA

Real Estate, Housing & Property Law

Rating (9 users) ***
See Reviews

Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

No obligation - Lawyers compete for your case. Choose your issue & get started now:

Indian Wells Construction Dispute lawyer, Indian Wells Construction Dispute attorney, Indian Wells Construction Dispute lawyers, Indian Wells Construction Dispute attorneys, Construction Dispute attorney in Indian Wells