Construction is not for the faint of heart. Though it is rewarding and essential to human existence, the demanding industry is filled with unexpected obstacles that can threaten your livelihood.
If you are a general contractor or a subcontractor, a time will likely come when you need a Houston contractor lawyer. Whether you’re setting solid legal foundations for your business, fighting for payment, or are facing any kind of dispute, Cotney is here to help.
Houston Contractor Lawyers Protect Your Business
It seems that contractors face a constant stream of problems, whether they arise from a buyer, supplier, lender, owner, or another involved party. Contractors frequently run into issues with their subcontractors and vice versa.
No matter the crisis, Cotney can help you maintain your bottom line and exercise your rights.
Some of those rights include:
- Being paid on time
- Preserving your lien rights
- Mitigating risks
- Protecting yourself against false allegations and lawsuits
- Reducing liabilities
You have the right to protect your interests and defend yourself as a contractor or subcontractor, and we can help.
Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation
There are three main ways of handling a legal issue in the construction industry: mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
The first two are forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) involving a neutral third party. Mediation is frequently used as a first attempt to remedy the situation outside of court. The two parties negotiate outside of court and try to reach a decision somewhat amicably. The mediator helps steer them in a mutually beneficial direction; however, the mediator’s decision is not binding.
Arbitration involves an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators to whom the legal facts are presented by both sides. The arbitrator then comes to a binding decision based on the presented facts.
Litigation can be an attractive option when mediation has failed or wasn’t a viable option in the first place. Your Houston contractor lawyer will investigate, present the facts, and fight for your rights and protection.
The Cotney Difference
At our firm, we understand construction because our attorneys have worked in the industry. In addition to the esteemed universities and law schools they attended, our lawyers have held jobs ranging from supply house distribution to roofing. We will represent you with the passion, tenacity, and expertise that only a Cotney lawyer can provide.
If you would like to speak with one of our Houston contractor lawyers, please submit our contact request form.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.