Hunt Ortmann is one of the foremost authorities on California construction law, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation offering additional legal services in the areas of business and commercial law, employment matters and labor law compliance, real estate, insurance and suretyship.
Construction contract documents are the lifeblood of projects for improvement. And like all contracts, construction documents identify the project participants, define their roles and responsibilities, and specify the amount of compensation to be paid, as well as the timing and manner of payment. Construction contract documents, however, go further than contracts in other industries because they serve as the instruction manual for building — specifying the equipment and materials to be used, the dimensions of the overall building and individual rooms, and the final configurations and finishes. The Los Angeles Construction Agreement Attorneys of Hunt Ortmann understand the need to get the agreement right, and to avoid creation of unintended ambiguities which create disputes.
Sound and dependable construction contracts start with accurate, detailed specifications for use by bidders. Hunt Ortmann’s attorneys are experienced in reviewing bid documents for legal sufficiency, and can provide counsel as to internal conflicts and potential problems raised by inadequate bid documents so that our clients can avoid disputes from the outset.
The process of getting final executed contract documents can be an arduous one, filled with issues that can derail the construction project before ground ever gets broken. Hunt Ortmann’s attorneys know that every project has its own unique issues, and every owner, builder, and trade carries varying degrees of experience and expertise, and can use differing degrees of support in the days, weeks, and months before work starts. We help our clients at any stage of the process: from recommending general contract provisions, to drafting specific clauses tailored to their needs, to reviewing and editing of proposals and draft contracts.
Hunt Ortmann’s attorneys understand that in construction contracts, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We help our clients avoid the pitfalls associated with poorly written contract documents by counseling them through the negotiation, drafting and review of agreements for lump sum contracts, guaranteed maximum price contracts and cost plus contracts. We also support our clients in preparing contract documents for use in the projects which are based on various project delivery methods, including design-bid-build or construction manager at risk as well as those for projects using an integrated project delivery method like design-build.
If you need help preparing or reviewing a construction agreement, contact the Los Angeles Construction Agreements Attorneys of Hunt Ortmann today.