Construction Litigation

When parties begin construction they enter into a contract and decide upon the scope of work.

The impact of changes in the scope of work – in terms of money and time – is probably the most disputed issue in construction. In order to keep the project moving toward completion, the following are a few pointers for owners and contractors to consider:

  • set out the terms of the contract in writing including a detailed description of the scope of work and explicitly layout the work not to be performed;
  • the contractual provisions governing changes to the scope of work should be done in writing and be approved by the owner;
  • understand the nature of the contract, whether it is a cost-plus contract or a fixed price contract;

Since there are considerable ramifications in construction contracts, you should seek legal advice as a lien could be placed on your property if the contractor is not paid or if the contractor’s bill is disputed.

For more information, contact Nelson Selamaj at Pearce Schneiderat 250-492-0907.