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How to Manage Construction Disputes

Despite best efforts and good intentions, sometimes construction projects do not go as planned. Not many things are more stressful than a construction project that is over-budget, off-schedule, or evidencing defective or non-compliant work. It can be overwhelming to determine the proper steps to take to resolve these issues, but here are some important tips

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Subcontractor Beware: Five Commonly Misinterpreted Contract Terms

The internet age allows both homeowners and contractors to have a contract in hand in moments. Contracts come in all different forms and can include several clauses and terms that can be confusing. Whether a contractor has used the same set of documents for the entire duration of his or her career or they just

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Construction Booming – The Right Time to Have Your Contract Reviewed

Spending on residential remodeling projects and commercial construction is up, which is consistent with what we are seeing and hearing from our clients. This is good news, but when construction is booming, details associated with construction contracting may get overlooked. Are you protecting yourself when making such a large financial investment? As the one extending

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Construction Projects and Boundary Disputes

Construction projects are exciting! But sometimes, even construction projects that start out as exciting have unexpected twists and turns, which quickly dampen the excitement. For example, oftentimes, through a property survey as part of the planning stage of a construction project, a client will discover that the property’s boundary lines are not where he (or

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The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act

Time is money in the construction and real estate industries, so even when it is sage advice to document agreements, changes, and conversations in writing, the reality is that projects and deals often move so quickly that it is impractical, if not impossible, to do so by traditional means and methods. The growth of electronic

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Construction Arbitration

Construction Arbitration Under the New AAA Construction Industry Rules Arbitration is a common method for resolving construction disputes outside of litigation. In 2015, the American Arbitration Association amended and updated its widely used Construction Industry Rules for arbitration, and these New Rules will apply to most AAA construction arbitrations commenced after July 1, 2015. The

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New Construction Projects

When starting a construction project, typically, much time and money is spent on hiring the right architect and general contractor, reviewing plans, and making finish selections. An often-overlooked task is ensuring that the contract documents (i.e. the design and construction agreements, plans, specifications) afford an owner necessary protections. Oftentimes, a small amount of money and

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Construction Law and the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session

The second year of the 89th Session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on March 8, 2016. This year’s session is unusually late and will only last a short 11 weeks, but undoubtedly construction and construction-related issues will be at the forefront of much legislation considered this session. Construction at the Capitol Though not specifically legislation,

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