With Construction Opportunities Come Legal Challenges
Government and corporate prognosticators predict continued strength in the construction industry in the Denver metro area and beyond. Residential building permits have been rising in recent years. Opportunities abound, and so do the associated financial and legal challenges.
Construction law is full of challenges and nuances. Landowners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, builders and suppliers for public and private construction projects often require legal counsel. Bradley Devitt Haas & Watkins, P.C., in Golden, has the knowledge and experience necessary to advise construction professionals on an array of potential issues in construction. Our construction law practice has built a strong reputation in this area of the law for our results-oriented, cost-effective advocacy for Colorado clients.
Comprehensive Construction Law Services
Our full-service law firm offers a wide range of legal services for our clients in the construction industry, including lenders, construction companies and their insurers. We have a background of hands-on experience and industry experience in the all aspects of construction. Our construction law services include the following:
- Construction contract drafting and negotiations
- Claims on private and public works projects
- Liens and other collection issues for nonpayment
- Third-party construction defects
- Construction warranty matters
- Construction litigation, including disputes stemming from:
- Failure to pay
- Failure to perform
- Notice of claims for public works projects
- Litigated construction defect claims under provisions of the Construction Defect Action Reform Act (CDARA)
- Construction defect litigation
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings for construction disputes
- Contract forms for subcontractors, owners, contractors etc.
When possible, we help our clients avoid litigation through mediation or arbitration of construction disputes. Our construction litigation attorneys are also often hired to work alongside insurance defense lawyers in matters of construction law.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations In Colorado On A Construction Claim?
Under the Colorado Construction Defect Action Reform Act, you have up to two years from the date that you discovered or should have discovered the defect to file a construction defect claim. If you miss this deadline, you forfeit the right to pursue civil litigation and recover compensation for your damages.
What Rights Do Contractors Have To Pursue Collections For Nonpayment?
Colorado has a law called the Colorado Prompt Pay Act. It lays out various statutes to ensure that contractors have prompt receipt of payment. It also sets interest rates for outstanding accounts past the time of payment. Even so, clients and other parties do not always adhere to the guideline. It may be necessary to send a document called a Notice of Intent to Make a Prompt Payment Claim, which lets them know that you are preparing to file a civil action for nonpayment unless they pay the full amount owed promptly.
Protect Your Interests In Construction Contracts
Contracts are just as important to the success of a construction project as a sound foundation. However, creating a contract that all parties can agree to is not always a simple matter, especially when nuanced construction law matters are involved.
At Bradley Devitt Haas & Watkins, P.C., in Golden, Colorado, our construction law attorneys represent property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and financial institutions in matters related to construction contracts, including:
- Drafting new contracts
- Reviewing contracts prior to signature
- Prosecution and defense of contract termination claims
- Claims alleging failure to perform according to the terms of a contract
Whether you are drafting a new contract or disputing the terms of an existing contract, we can provide the guidance you need to move forward confidently.
Tap Into Our Knowledge And Experience
Bradley Devitt Haas & Watkins, P.C., is based in Golden and we serve clients throughout Jefferson County and the surrounding areas of Colorado. If you’d like to learn more about how our experienced trial lawyers can help you with a legal dispute, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation. Simply call 303-552-2615 or send us a message online. Please ask for attorney Steve Watkins.