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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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Construction Pricing and Contracting Part 2

Even the most seasoned contractors are often baffled by the sheer volume of knowledge required to skillfully handle construction pricing and contracting. If you feel like you’re losing out on your contracts, consult a Houston construction lawyer from Cotney Law to assist you with contract drafting, review, and negotiation. In part one of this two-part […]

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Construction Pricing and Contracting Part 1

When constructing multiple facilities, each unique in their own way, it’s important to calculate independent pricing for each facility to account for the variable nature of construction projects. At the most basic level, the construction contract price is determined by the direct project cost. This cost includes the cost of field supervision and the contractor’s […]

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Texas Mechanic’s Liens and Constitutional Liens Part 2

Texas has expansive lien laws that include options for filing liens that contractors in most states don’t have. Other than statutory mechanic’s liens, contractors are able to assert constitutional liens in Texas. In part one of this article, a Houston construction lawyer gave some insight to how mechanic’s lien laws work in Texas. In this […]

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Texas Mechanic’s Liens and Constitutional Liens Part 1

Texas has some of the most complicated lien laws of any state. The two main kinds of liens available to contractors are mechanic’s liens and constitutional liens. Both of these kinds of liens begin with a contract with the property owner or representative of the property owner. If an owner is not paying you for […]

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New Construction Skills Program in Houston

As the number of construction sites increase, so does the need for more middle-skills construction workers. That means more construction workers need education beyond high school but don’t need a four-year degree. The Greater Houston Partnership has come up with a helpful tool to get more people involved in the kind learning needed for middle-skills […]

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Reducing Raw Materials in Construction Part 2

There’s plenty of sand in the world, but not all sand can be utilized for construction materials. Sand is an important component of concrete, but the methods utilized to extract the best sand for this job can leave the environment in shambles. Therefore, it is imperative that the construction industry makes a push for more […]

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Reducing Raw Materials in Construction Part 1

The construction industry is responsible for extracting billions of tons of sand and gravel each year. These raw materials are utilized to make concrete for building residential and commercial structures. Clearly, these excavations are taking a toll on the environment. As the industry continues to strip beaches and river beds of their raw materials, we […]

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Houston Leads the Nation for New Construction Jobs

Despite a severe labor shortage and a cooling housing market in areas like Dallas, Houston has remained a venerable hotbed for construction. Houston currently leads the nation in jobs added over the last year, and the burgeoning city is primed to continue growing thanks in part to its close proximity to water, talented sports teams, […]

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Certificates of Completion Part 1

Contractors should have owners file a certificate of completion (or notice of completion) to alert the county when a project is completed. There are many reasons why contractors and owners should file a certificate of completion, but it’s important to understand that this vital piece of documentation helps resolve your contractual obligation and submits in […]

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