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What Types of Projects Can a Contractor Attorney Help With?

It can be difficult to find an attorney who’s familiar with your specific industry and type of construction project. A lawyer capable of helping on small residential projects may not be able to assist on a massive highway project. Similarly, finding a lawyer to handle your mechanic’s lien may not be difficult, while finding a team of lawyers to handle a sprawling construction dispute is. In this article, we want to shed some light on the types of projects a Broward contractor attorney with Cotney Attorneys & Consultants can assist with. Rest assured that, no matter what type of project you’re company is working on, our legal services will always be available to you. 

What Type of Project Are You Working On? 

At Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, we like to break down projects into two types: private and public. The reason for this is that the laws pertaining to these two types of projects can be drastically different. For instance, a contractor on a public project can protect themselves from missed payment by filing a mechanic’s lien, whereas contractors on public projects have to rely on bond claims. Let’s take a look at some other key differences. 

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Public Projects 

Our law firm has written at length about the importance and complications associated with public construction projects. These projects are government funded and owned by either state agencies or the federal government. Examples of public projects include: 

  • Road, highway, and bridge construction
  • Public school construction
  • Government building construction
  • Flood control construction

It’s important to have a Broward contractor attorney on your side because the laws that apply to public projects can be far stricter than those on private projects. For instance, contractors on public projects must abide by project labor agreements, follow strict bidding guidelines, and take affirmative actions to recruit disadvantaged groups. If you need to consult an attorney on a state-owned or federally owned construction project, our experienced attorneys are more than capable of assisting you. 

Related: What Contractors Need to Know About Withheld Funds for Public Projects in Florida

Private Projects 

Private projects can be just as beneficial to communities as public projects. Commercial projects like the construction of a distribution center provide hundreds of jobs for local residents, and residential projects provide affordable housing for struggling local communities. Other examples of private projects include:

  • Hospital construction
  • Private school and university construction 
  • Single and Multi-family home construction
  • Private business construction

At Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, our team is adept at assisting contractors, subcontractors, material providers, and design professionals with the unique laws that apply to private projects, such as retainage, mechanic’s lien, and prompt payment laws. If your company has any construction-related legal needs on a private project, know that the attorneys at Cotney Attorneys & Consultants can assist with any type of construction project. 

If you would like to speak with one of our Broward contractor attorneys, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.