Each residential and construction project is unique and complex. Construction disputes are no different. If you find yourself involved in a construction dispute, it makes sense to work with a construction lawyer who understands the uniqueness and complexities of the construction dispute, as well as the underlying construction project.
Before becoming a lawyer, I spent a number of years in the construction industry as a non-union residential homebuilder and a union fire sprinkler fitter. Today, I take a lot of pride in applying my practical construction experience when representing parties involved in a construction dispute.
Frequently Asked Construction Lawyer Questions
All sorts of disputes arise from construction projects. Some construction disputes involve accidental injuries, such as when a malfunctioning tool causes an injury. Other construction disputes involve a homeowner suing a contractor for poor workmanship. Mechanics’ lien claims are also common forms of construction disputes. Regardless of the type of dispute, you need to work with an experienced construction lawyer.
Mechanics liens in Illinois are governed by the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that general and subcontractors who provide labor, material, fixtures, or machinery to improve real estate receive payment for their services and materials. Mechanics’ lien disputes are complex. If a contractor has placed a mechanics lien on your home, or if you are a contractor who needs to place a mechanics lien, do yourself a favor and work with a construction lawyer.
My fees depend on the underlying construction issue. For cases involving injuries because of a construction accident, I represent the injured parties on a contingent basis. This means that I do not recover a fee unless I am successful in resolving the case. In cases concerning construction disputes, I typically bill clients on an hourly basis.
There are a number of ways to determine whether you should work with a specific contractor. Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to find reviews of the contractor online (Yelp, Facebook, etc.). You can also ask for references. Reputable contractors should not have any issue providing the names of a couple of folks who they have performed work for. You also need to verify that your contractor has liability and workers compensation insurance. If your contractor refuses to provide proof of insurance, run far away.