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  • Spell Out Your Standards of Workmanship

    We've all been there at some point: The contract's signed and you've started the job, but the customer says your work isn't good enough. Even though you believe the work meets the industry standard, you go ahead and put in more hours to improve it, because that's what your customer wants.

  • Legal: Idiot-Proof Your Contracts

    Idiot-proof your contracts

  • When a Customer or Supplier Goes Bankrupt

    There you are, just trying to make an honest living as a contractor, when all of a sudden somebody you're doing business with declares bankruptcy. How will this affect you?

  • Mold and the Law

    I've been asked to share with you any medical, scientific, and legal wisdom I have regarding mold. Don't worry, it won't take long.

  • Who Pays When the Design Doesn't Meet Code?

    Let's suppose you're hired by a local restaurant to build a deck off the dining room so that customers can eat outside and enjoy the view. Your bid comes in at $30,000, and the owner accepts it.

  • When Can You Fire Someone?

    Recently, my little town hit the big time. It has been talked about on television and radio, and written about in newspapers and thousands of blogs. Why? Because a local employer fired four employees who would not quit smoking in the privacy of their own homes.

  • Know When To Walk and When Not To

    Just as it sounds, "breach of contract" means that someone has not done what he contractually promised to do. But a breach of contract does not automatically mean that the contract is dead — that is, unenforceable.

  • Why Operate Legally?

    It's hard to be competitive when you do everything you're supposed to, yet know the system is rigged against you if you don't.

  • How Bidding Errors Affect the Contract

    I just had to explain the doctrine of "mutual mistake" to a small bidder on a local construction project. It was painful for both of us: painful for me because I didn't like telling him he was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and painful for him because he was stuck.How bidding errors affect...

  • Protect What's Yours -- Incorporate

    A lot of small construction companies are incorporated. There are so many advantages to being incorporated, it surprises me everybody doesn't do it.