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  • Allocating Risk With "Additional Insureds"

    You're starting to get contracts on bigger and bigger jobs, even — can you believe it? — government contracts. Good for you. But it's important to know what you're getting into: These contracts may contain terms you don't typically see on smaller jobs.

  • 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?

  • Using Mediation to Settle Construction Disputes

    Every so often, a client will call for advice and begin by saying, "I've been in business for 20 years and have never had a problem like this with an owner." It frequently means my client is headed toward mediation.

  • 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.

  • Plan Ahead With a Buy-Sell Agreement

    Most contractors are so immersed in the day-to-day issues of running a company they fail to protect themselves against events that could cost them or their families the business.

  • 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.

  • Protecting Your Retirement

    Contractors who have spent years trying to make money often fail to think about how they will protect their assets once it's time to sell or close down the business.