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.
One of the best tools to limit or avoid personal liability associated with running your business in Texas is to set up a corporation, limited liability company, or a similar entity. However, many business owners set up their business entity, open a bank account, and go about their "business as usual" without timely filing the required business franchise tax reports with the State of Texas.
The task of building or majorly renovating your dream home comes with both rewards and headaches. A common headache is seeing your home built with defective design and construction issues that your contractor refuses to fix.
Mechanic's liens exist to protect the rights of construction professionals and to help ensure they are properly compensated for work or materials they have provided. While the purpose liens serve is beneficial, maneuvering through the process in Texas can be complicated and tricky. To get you started with understanding the basics, the construction attorneys at The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, answer these five questions: