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Watch Out for Lump Sum Contracts

Here at Cotney Law, we’ve made it our mission to educate contractors on the pitfalls they may come across in the industry, many of which can be found within the contents of a poorly negotiated and drafted construction contract. In this article, one of our Houston construction lawyers discusses what you should watch out for […]

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How a Single Grammatical Error in Your Construction Contract Can Lead to Trouble

Here at Cotney Law, we’ve seen all manner of construction litigation. From payment disputes to defect claims, we’ve represented professionals from every corner of the construction industry. So often the outcome of these disputes hinges on what is stated in the construction contract, but rarely are legal proceedings influenced by a simple grammatical error. Below, […]

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3 Required Construction Contract Disclosures in Texas

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the construction contract is king. Nothing has more influence on how disputes are settled and whether or not disputes occur in the first place. At Cotney Law, we’ve dedicated ourselves to ensuring that contractors in the Lone Star State are always in the know when it […]

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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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