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The Most Commonly Misunderstood Construction Contract Clauses Part 2

We are picking up where we left off with our discussion of the most commonly misunderstood construction contract clauses. In part one, we talked about two types of contract provisions that can stump even the most experienced of contractors and lead to a costly payment dispute: incorporation clauses and contingent payment clauses.  Below, we will […]

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The Most Commonly Misunderstood Construction Contract Clauses Part 1

The construction contract is without a doubt the most important indicator of how a project will turn out. It is a document capable of both leading to and resolving conflict. But despite its importance, many industry professionals struggle to understand the various components of a contract and how they will impact their projects. In this […]

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Important Contract Documents for Construction Projects Part 3

In parts one and two of this three-part series, a Houston contractor attorney from Cotney Law discussed several important contract documents for construction projects, including: Construction Contract Agreement Scope of Work Construction Schedule General Conditions Special Conditions Specifications Now, we will conclude our series by covering four additional documents found in construction contracts. These are […]

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Important Contract Documents for Construction Projects Part 2

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the best practices for construction contracts involve the use of clearly written contracts that manage to pack complicated information into a concise package. This package may contain several different types of documents that, when put together, form your construction contract. Every time you prepare to sign a contract, you […]

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Important Contract Documents for Construction Projects Part 1

Take a second to think about your last construction-related dispute. Do you remember what the source of the conflict was? In many cases, a dispute can be traced back to a faulty or erroneous contract. Thinking back now, you probably regret signing that contract, but hindsight is 20/20, and there’s nothing you can do about […]

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Allowances in Construction Contracts Part 3

A little foresight in the construction industry can go a long way towards avoiding disputes and maintaining owner-contractor relationships. While you can’t see the future, you can take steps to secure a project’s success by planning for potential conflicts in the contract drafting phase. Construction allowances are one of these potential sources of conflict. Throughout […]

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Allowances in Construction Contracts Part 2

Construction allowances are intended to allow a project to commence without being bogged down by the minutiae of pricing. But the smallest costs can often lead to the largest disputes. Contractors need to be especially careful when drafting contracts with allowances. In part one of this three-part series, a Houston construction lawyer outlined what allowances […]

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Allowances in Construction Contracts Part 1

Contractors know that they need to control as many variables as possible if they want to see their projects through from conception to completion. In this three-part series, a Houston construction attorney at Cotney Law will be discussing a potential unknown that can lead to a costly dispute: contract allowances. So often a dispute arises […]

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Why You Should Have an Attorney Review Your Construction Contracts Part 1

Although construction firms have a never ending list of tasks to accomplish, one they should never overlook is their construction contract. A construction contract can be the deciding factor in how things unfold on a project. Whether you’re a general contractor putting pen to paper with an owner or a subcontractor agreeing to work under […]

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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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