Construction Law

Resolving Construction-Related Legal Issues in Pierce County, WA

Construction projects can be complicated. In most projects, there are many parties with varying roles and many promises made among the parties. If something falls through, it can cost people or companies involved in the project a significant amount of money. For this reason, it is important to have legal protections in place long before construction begins.

Many legal issues arise throughout the course of construction, and these issues can involve technical language, unique legal relationships, contracts, and more. If you are considering any type of construction, it is important to consult with a law firm that understands the language and principles of construction law and that can represent your interests from start to finish.

Terry and Clinton Brink of the Brink Law Firm represent parties in construction projects and disputes, and can assist you with any construction-related matters that arise. With unique, firsthand knowledge of the construction field, they provide highly qualified representation you can trust. If your construction project is in the south sound area, including Pierce County, King County, Thurston County and Kitsap County, please call today for more information.

Handling a Wide Variety of Construction Matters

Construction projects involve many players—all of whom may need legal assistance and representation. At the Brink Law Firm, our clients include the following and more:

  • Owners
  • Developers
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Suppliers
  • Consultants

We can help during any and all phases of the construction process. The following are only some of the matters we can handle.

Construction Agreements

Construction projects rely on promises between different parties. Those promises should be memorialized in a carefully-drafted and negotiated construction agreement that, when signed, will be binding on each party. You want to ensure you have an experienced attorney negotiating, drafting, and reviewing any agreements to be certain that your rights and interests are adequately protected should something go wrong.

Breach of Contract

As mentioned, construction projects involve complex agreements that are legally binding on everyone who signs the contract. Despite having such contracts in place, parties often fail to uphold their end of the deal and breach the contract. How a breach is handled is often dictated by the terms of the contract (emphasizing the importance of a well-drafted agreement).

Our attorneys can help to resolve the dispute outside of court or can file a lawsuit seeking damages if needed. Damages can vary in a construction contract case, ranging from money damages to specific performance by the breaching party. We will determine your rights under the contract and the law, and fight to uphold them against a breaching party.

Change Orders

Not every detail of a construction project is clear from the very beginning. Changes often need to be made along the way to adapt to evolving developments or goals. In such a situation, the parties can all agree to amend the original construction agreement through a change order. Change orders must satisfy all legal contract requirements and should always be overseen by an experienced construction contract lawyer.

Construction Delays

Construction projects often do not remain on schedule and when delays occur, they can be costly to one or more parties. We can determine any damages caused by construction delays and help you take the right action to seek compensation. For more information, read our article on construction delays.

Dispute Resolution

When conflicts or allegations arise regarding a breach of contract, delays, or another type of misconduct, litigation is usually a last resort. With the help of a skilled attorney, you can often resolve disputes simply by sitting down, discussing the matter, and negotiating a solution. If that doesn’t work, a contract may require parties to engage in arbitration or another type of alternative dispute resolution before litigation is possible. We can assist with all types of dispute resolution to ensure your rights are protected.

Construction Claims

When other forms of dispute resolution don’t work, our firm can represent you in filing a legal claim and throughout the litigation process.

Cost Overruns

It should be no surprise that many construction projects run over budget. Accurately estimating costs of equipment, labor, and supplies for an entire development can be difficult and, all too often, construction projects result in cost overruns, which can also result in disputes over who covers the cost. The Brink Law Firm not only helps to resolve cost overruns when they occur but also can help conduct a constructive analysis of what caused the overruns, and assist with more accurate planning in the future.

Labor Disputes

When construction workers walk off the job, a project can incur substantial delays and unnecessary costs. We can determine who may be held responsible for a labor dispute, and help to resolve the matter and seek any damages you deserve.

Mechanic’s Liens

We believe in every contractor and subcontractor’s right to be paid for the work completed. If nonpayment is an issue, we can assist clients in obtaining a mechanic’s lien against the property owner, as well as following up with a lawsuit when necessary. For more information, read our article on mechanic’s liens.

Leasing and Sales Agreements

As a construction project is being developed and completed, owners often seek to sell or rent units as they become available. As experienced real estate attorneys, we can assist with drafting and negotiating leases and sales agreements for you, as well as overseeing the entire real estate transaction process.

Unique Experience in Construction Projects

Terry Brink’s knowledge about construction goes beyond the classroom; he started his career as a contractor, became a developer, and is a Lifetime Director of the Pierce County Master Builders’ Association. Terry Brink has worn hardhats himself, operated heavy equipment, and knows the ins and outs of the construction industry—as well as the complications that can arise—on a firsthand basis. He brings a wealth of construction and real estate experience and knowledge to each and every case.

Contact a Pierce County Construction Law Firm for Assistance

The Brink Law Firm handles all aspects of construction law and we are here to help you make the most out of your project and to protect your interests. If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please call our office at 253.620.6666 or contact us online today.

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