Our Construction Law Staff is Ready to Help
If your new building or improvement project has failed to meet your expectations, Attorneys’ Title Services is here for you. We help residential homeowners, boards of directors, office or residential condominium management groups, and homeowners’ associations understand their legal rights. If you need a construction lawyer in Jacksonville or surrounding areas within North Florida, call (904) 260-0105.
Dedicated to matters concerning real estate, Attorney’s Title Services provides guidance to homeowners, condominium management groups and homeowners associations. With its abundance of landlord-tenant experience, Attorneys’ Title Services also provides guidance and advocacy in construction disputes arising from multi-family dwellings.
Time delays, cost overruns, and poor workmanship are the most common construction problems that we see. We also handle the following issues:
- Contract preparation, review and negotiation
- Deceptive advertising practices
- Design negligence
- Builder default
- Pay disputes
- Change order problems
- Warranty claims
- Liens (Mechanic’s or Subcontractors)
How a Construction Law Lawyer in Jacksonville Can Help You
With a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer on your side, some problems resolve themselves through correspondence, phone calls, informal settlement conferences or even mediation. For various reasons, however, not all disputes lend themselves to resolution without a formal claim progress.
Florida law provides detailed prerequisites for initiating legal action against a contractor, subcontractor or supplier. The goal of this requirement is to give the contractor, supplier or design professional an opportunity to fix the problem before both sides incur significant time and expense in litigation.
These prerequisites contain detailed procedures requiring strict compliance. Any deviation from the statutory requirements can potentially result in the loss of a property owner’s claim. To give a property owner the best chance of success, the earlier the property owner retains a lawyer the better. Your lawyer can also review the potential pros and cons of an opt-out agreement.
Your construction lawyer will work with you at every step of the process. From the timely filing of the appropriate documents to investigating and researching claims and defenses, having a lawyer on your side is invaluable.
Construction defect lawsuits or arbitrations often come down to the opinions of industry experts to establish fault on the part of the contractor or subcontractor. If appropriate in your case, Attorneys’ Title Services can help you retain a qualified expert to opine on the negligent design or construction of your project.
Remedies and Compensation Available in Construction Cases
Property owners who sue for negligence or breach of contract may potentially claim property damage, personal injury or economic losses resulting from construction defects. (Your lawyer can review your contract with you and advise whether any valid exclusions operate to preclude recovery of certain damages.)
Florida’s “Economic Loss Rule,” which provides for recovery between contracting parties where a defect itself requires repair or replacement but has not harmed other property or people. A property owner can also recover a loss of property value or a loss of profit pursuant to this rule.
Property owners can additionally pursue negligence claims when a design or construction defect has caused personal injury or damage to other property.
Not all construction companies or individuals have insurance or bonding. Not all construction companies have assets sufficient to satisfy their obligations to a successful claimant. Florida law enables property owners in some cases to sue individual construction company owners, operators or employees for purposeful conduct. Florida’s residents, in certain circumstances, may also recover an uncollectable judgment from a State fund.
Contact Attorneys’ Title Services for More Information
Construction problems stress finances and emotions. This in turn can take a toll on the health of your body as well as the health of your relationships with family and business associates. Do not let yourself suffer another day when you can delegate this distracting problem to a professional who knows how to handle it.
Whether construction defects or other breaches of contract have plagued your project, or you just need to have some questions answered, Attorneys’ Title Services, LLC is just a phone call away. Call us or submit our online contact form today.