In this posting, construction attorney Christopher G. Hill of Richmond, VA discuses the four stages of a construction dispute. He writes:
What started as a kernel of thought in my mind turned into what has seemed to be a popular set of four posts that I hope were both informative and interesting. Because of the great feedback I’ve gotten, I thought that I’d consolidate the posts into one so that my readers (thank you, by the way) will have them all in one place. Here they are:
The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- The Claim– This post discussed the steps for setting out a claim under your construction contract and the steps to lay the groundwork should you need to move forward with a more formal means of collection.
The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute Stage 2- Increase the Heat– This post discussed various methods to increase the heat on the party with whom you have a claim prior to litigation or arbitration.
The Anatomy of a Construction Dispute Stage 3- The Last Straw– This post discussed what to do when your construction claim is not resolved in either of the first two stages and the steps in either litigation or arbitration.
Anatomy of a Construction Dispute- An Alternative– This post discussed my favorite form of dispute resolution, mediation, as an alternative to the cost and uncertainty of construction litigation or arbitration.
Each of these posts provides a brief overview of the construction dispute process. Your particular construction issues and necessary actions will depend on your state’s laws and the contract between you and the other party. I always recommend that you consult a local construction attorney to help advise you through this process.