Winter Park Construction Dispute Lawyers

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Construction Dispute Law in Florida

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

In the majority of cases, it's possible for landowners and contractors to resolve disagreements amicably. There are many ways to do this, such as a simple verbal agreement to lower the contract price due to a mistake made by the contractor, for example, or an agreement to a slight price increase in the event of unforeseen obstacles beyond the control of either party.

Even if someone else needs to get engaged to resolve a dispute, this does not automatically mean litigation is necessary. For example, the parties might attempt mediation, in which a neutral third party tries to help guide the parties to an agreement, but cannot render a binding decision himself. They might also agree to arbitration, during which a third party is able to render a binding decision. Arbitration is typically done through a private company, and may cost less than litigation, and is overseen by an arbitrator who is an expert in the relevant field.

Because of the large cost in time and money involved, litigation in Winter Park, Florida is regarded a last resort. However, in rare cases, it does become necessary.

Examples of Construction Disputes That Might Lead to Litigation in Winter Park, Florida

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 particularly states that completion by a specific 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: Disagreements 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 typically come up with a better one to argue in court). In these cases, a court will occasionally 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 considerably less than the contract price.

Subcontractor Disputes: With very considerable construction projects, general contractors don't always have the resources to do all the work themselves, so they hire other contractors to do some of the work for them. Nonetheless, it is the general contractor who is ultimately responsible to the owner for the satisfactory completion of the project. So, it is very crucial to the general contractor that subcontractors do a good job. If the subcontractor causes a delay or other issue, and the owner sues the general contractor as a result, the general contractor can then go after the subcontractor to recover whatever it lost in the lawsuit.

Mechanic's Liens: If the contractor sues a land owner and wins, he will likely obtain a monetary judgment. If the owner declines to pay, the contractor needs some way to recover. This is where the mechanic's lien comes into play. It permits a contractor to force the sale of the land or other real property that he just worked on, and use those proceeds to cover costs.

Can a Winter Park, Florida Attorney Help?

Disputes over construction delays or defects can be extremely taxing. Therefore, getting an efficient Winter Park, Florida real estate attorney might mean the difference between success or failure in your business ventures.

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Life in Winter Park

Winter Park is a suburb in Orange County, Florida. It is home to a little over 25,000 people.

Some popular sites for residents and tourists include the Edward Hill Brewer House, Kraft Azalea Park, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Top employers in Winter Park include Winter Park Memorial Hospital, Publix, Bonnier, and the public school district. Although law firms are not included in this list, Winter Park is home to many law small law offices and firms. Although small, these offices and firms provide excellent legal services!

Interestingly, Winter Park has also been home to some very famous residents. These residents include Casey Affleck, Michael Barimo, George Brett, Gina Hecht, Doc Rivers, and Daniel Webster.

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