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What to Consider Before Signing a Construction Contract

Construction contracts are crucial for securing project completion. The details that shape project progression will be decided on with this document. If you’re reading this, you are likely a contractor that is frequently tasked with signing construction contracts. Below, we discuss what contractors should consider before they sign on the dotted line. To ensure every […]

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Umbrella Insurance in the Construction Industry

In the State of Texas, contractors must have general liability insurance to perform construction work. Standard policies typically cover personal injury, property damage, negligence, and more, but these policies have limits, and some contractors find themselves in need of expanded coverage to protect their business. Umbrella insurance can help you protect your business assets by […]

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Average Litigation Costs for Major Companies and How to Save Money

The cost of litigation is always increasing. Between 2000 and 2008, the average cost of litigation for corporations increased from $66 million to $115 million, an average yearly increase of nine percent. And it’s still climbing today. Shockingly, this increase in litigation expenses isn’t being traced back to the cost of outside legal fees. Instead, […]

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Where’s the Line Between a Demand Letter and Extortion? Part 2

The line between a demand letter and extortion can become hazy for contractors who are desperate to secure payment on a project that they have dedicated themselves to. In part one, we discussed what constitutes extortion and the penalties that can be expected for committing it. Below, a Houston contractor attorney will discuss how you […]

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Where’s the Line Between a Demand Letter and Extortion? Part 1

You may be thinking that the “demand” part of “demand letter” entails a strongly worded argument. But while your demand letter should be clear regarding impending legal action, it should never be threatening in any other way. Even when the other party is in the wrong, contractors can find themselves unintentionally committing a felony if […]

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What Causes a Stalled Construction Project? Part 2

There’s no end to the issues that can lead to a stalled construction project. Many of these issues are sure to be beyond your control. However, many more can be mitigated with proper planning, expert contract drafting, and legal aid. We’re picking up where we left off in part one with our discussion on the […]

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What Causes a Stalled Construction Project? Part 1

A stalled construction project could mean bankruptcy for any construction company, even those that have been in business for decades. Whether by contractor error, owner error, or outside forces, there are a myriad of reasons why construction projects fail, and we’re here to tell you how to avoid them.  In this two-part series, we will […]

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3 Tips for Putting Together Your Construction Company’s Employee Manual

An employee manual should be an invaluable guide for your employees to turn to when they have questions or concerns about certain elements of their employment. But putting together a comprehensive employee manual can be difficult considering that it must meld the needs of your company with state and federal laws. In this brief article, […]

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The Need for a Comprehensive Employee Manual

An employee manual can simultaneously save a company money and protect it from potentially crippling lawsuits. In this brief article, a Houston construction lawyer with Cotney Law will be discussing why your construction company needs a comprehensive employee manual. If you would like an attorney to review your employee manual to ensure that it is […]

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3 Benefits of a Demand Letter Written by an Attorney

If you’re a contractor having trouble obtaining payment for completed work from an owner, a demand letter could be exactly what you need. Depending on the situation, a demand letter may be more appropriate than a lawsuit. Sending a demand letter rather than pursuing litigation against a business partner as a first course of action […]

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