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Growing Pains: Protecting Your Business During San Antonio's Phenomenal Growth

Many small contractors and subcontractors are experiencing exponential growth, which is great, but that growth comes with added concerns, such as contract negotiations, new partnerships, and accounting headaches. If these or other similar issues have been plaguing you, don't worry!

Default Judgment Filed Against You? Don't Panic!

Talk about being blindsided! Your week was going great until you received notice that you have missed a court date, and now a default judgment has been filed against you. Maybe you never received the initial notice, or maybe you just plain forgot what day it was because of your hectic schedule. Doh! It's okay. There are steps that can be taken to protect your assets and ensure the judgment rendered doesn't take the shirt off your back.

HUB Certification: It's Tedious But Possible

The process of getting HUB certified can be tedious. At the Cromeens Law Firm you can contact our San Antonio office to do the process for you. But, if you're up for it, you can work on the certification process yourself. Just be prepared to hunker down and plow through a lot of paperwork.

M&M liens, Part II: Relationship status--complicated...but it doesn't have to be

The mechanic's and materialmen's lien has enough rules in Texas for complicated to be an understatement. There are time constraints, backcharges, hidden penalties... Let's see if we can sort out a little of this nonsense so you can get to the business of making money.

M&M Liens, Part I: When You Do the Work, You Should Get Paid

If you don't know the ins and outs of a mechanic's and materialmen's lien you'll burn your bottom line faster than you'd burn the tires on that souped-up hot rod that's been sitting in your garage.

Navigating the Ins and Outs of Texas Contingent Payment Clauses

General contractors utilize subcontract agreements to protect their interests and shift risk downstream to subcontractors. They accomplish this end by including powerful contract clauses that provided little escape from harsh outcomes if the project does not unfold as planned. One such clause is the contingent payment clause, also known as "pay when paid" or "pay if paid" clauses, which obliges a subcontractor assume the risk of the owner's failure to pay.

How to Remove a Lien on Your Home

A subcontractor or supplier who has not been paid for work done on your home may try to get payment by filing a legal document called a "lien." Your home cannot be sold until the claim is paid. Follow these three steps if you discover a lien has been filed.

Explained: Writs of Garnishment v. Writs of Execution

You've won a judgment. Now, how do you collect on it? Texas offers two significant forms of collection for parties who've won a judgment (i.e. judgment creditor) in Court: a Writ of Garnishment and a Writ of Execution. Learn the difference in these and the circumstances for when each should be used.

Tips for Contractors: How to Keep Homeowners Happy Post-Harvey

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has sent the construction industry in affected counties into a tailspin as construction professionals struggle to keep up with demand. Unfortunately, as builders and contractors attempt to regain equilibrium, many may find themselves dealing with major disputes with homeowners for the first time. Although the construction industry, as a whole, has rallied around our communities to assist many homeowners in times of great need, disputes will inevitably arise. We have kept track of many common causes of issues that arise and propose a few best practices contractors should consider, not just in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but in general. As always, we recommend that you consult with an experienced construction attorney prior to implementing new procedures.

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Contact our law firm in Houston to speak with a lawyer who is intimately familiar with the law related to mechanic's liens, collections and contract disputes. Call 713-489-5792 to schedule a free consultation. We accept credit cards, and Spanish translation is available.

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