Our previous blog in the Contractor Blog Series covered the topic of Change Orders. In this third installment of the series, we take a look at “Retainage”.
For decades, we have represented professionals in the construction industry, including architects, engineers, land surveyors, and professional planners. We also represent construction managers, general contractors, and subcontractors.With the constant expanding need for specialization in the construction industry, our firm has developed it's construction practice to meet the specific needs of our clients.
Whether the claim involves simple residential construction or a complex commercial project,we have successfully represented our clients in both the New Jersey state and federal court systems as well as before state administrative and regulatory boards. We are frequent participants in non-binding construction mediation and in several formal construction arbitration forums in order to achieve the best possible results for our clients. Our efforts have culminated in several reported opinions creating the law and setting the bar in New Jersey.
While we enjoy a successful resolution to any claim, we firmly believe that the best defense is often avoiding litigation altogether. To that end, we promote and counsel our clients in risk management and litigation avoidance. We serve as general counsel to many design and construction firms assisting in contract preparation, pre-claim assistance, partnership and business formation, and professional business succession.
In keeping pace with the industry, we are active members of the Construction Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Chapter of the United States Green Building Counsel (USGBC-NJ). Partner Lawrence Powers serves as counsel to the New Jersey chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-New Jersey) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJ-ASLA), as well as the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE). We regularly lecture at construction trade seminars and are frequent contributors to construction trade publications. Our dedication to the construction industry further enables our attorneys to meet the ever-changing legal environment in order to represent our clients in any aspect of the industry.
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Change Orders happen on many construction projects. A Change Order is work that is added or deleted from the original work of the Contract which impacts either the original contract amount or the time for completion. Contractors should be aware of how to address Change Orders to get them paid and to avoid a future issue with the Owner.
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