Los Angeles & Orange County Construction Law Lawyers

At the Law Offices of Elliott H. Stone, we have extensive experience in construction law and construction litigation. Woodland Hills construction law attorney Elliott H. Stone has helped several clients with a wide range of issues arising from the construction industry and as such has experience in this field to handle even the most complex of disputes.

Complex Construction Litigation

Due to the very nature of the industry, construction litigation disputes often become complex and voluminous. When a relationship between a contractor and a property owner begins, the scope of work usually requires the involvement of many subcontractors for specialized services. The number of contractors/parties involved coupled with the fact that most disputes (mechanic's liens, contract disputes, defects, stop notices, etc.) are already complex to begin with often makes lawsuits cumbersome. Attorney Stone's past experience in litigating these complex disputes make him an effective choice to provide all clients with a successful outcome.

Defects In Construction

Defects in construction can range from something as miniscule as peeling paint (patent defect) to something as severe as unstable foundations, material flaws, leaking roofs or electrical issues (latent defects). If it is apparent that your property has suffered construction defects as a result of poor or negligent workmanship, you may have legal options to rectify your situation.

Delays And Schedule Disputes

It isn't unusual to have schedule delays on a construction project. Rather, it's strange when contractors and property owners do not experience a few hiccups in their construction schedule. Sometimes these interruptions are easily resolved, but other times these delays become severe, which leads to disputes and ultimately to litigation. At the Law Offices of Elliott H. Stone, we conduct a thorough investigation of all claims, examining all facts and documents related to the dispute.

Variations In Work Orders

In addition to the regularity of experiencing delays in construction projects, it is normal to experience a few changes in the original scope of work that the project owner and contractor had agreed to at the start of the job. The issue, however, usually occurs when determining if the variations in the work order will require additional compensation or if the additional work should be performed without additional compensation. Every project is different, and depending on the specific change order, additional compensation may or may not be standard and reasonable.

Mechanic's Liens

Mechanic's liens create a security interest for companies or individuals who provide labor and/or materials for a project but fail to get paid by the owner. Mechanic's liens were first created to encourage construction and development but have since become more complex. Attorney Elliott H. Stone is well-versed in the procedures and nuances involved with the preparation and recordation of mechanic's liens.

License And Surety Bond Claims

In California, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) requires all contractors to obtain and maintain a bond as part of the license requirement. A surety bond is essentially a legal agreement between three parties — the principal (the contractor), the owner and the surety/underwriting party that produces the bond. In the event that a principal fails to meet their duties, any individual wronged by this failure is able to file a claim on the contractor's bond. On the other hand, if a principal feels that the claim has been wrongly filed, the contractor may dispute the validity of such claim. Contact the Law Offices of Elliott H. Stone if you are in need of legal counsel to assist in resolving a CSLB license or bond claim.

Insurance Disputes

Los Angeles construction law lawyer Elliott H. Stone has handled a wide range of claims arising from insurance coverage. He has experience representing clients and knows what course of action is best given the case's unique set of facts; whether that be arbitrating rather than litigating in court, or negotiating a settlement that is agreeable to all parties. Contact the Law Offices of Elliott H. Stone for questions regarding your specific claim.

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