Those on both sides of construction projects need to understand their contractual obligations to avoid potential pitfalls. At G. Keith Alley, P.C., I represent both homeowners and contractors in Knoxville with one-on-one support for a variety of construction litigation matters. I understand that a contract breach or other issue can cause delays and lead to disputes that can cost both parties valuable time and money. Drawing on my more than 20 years of construction litigation experience, I have the skill and background to resolve your case as efficiently and favorably as possible.
Whether you are developing a commercial property, erecting a new structure, or building an addition to your home, it’s important to have a sound contract before construction begins.
In many cases, I am able to save my clients time and money by helping them draft comprehensive construction contracts from the beginning. As a knowledgeable business law attorney and litigator, I can often anticipate conflicts before they occur, so I’m able to create a document that clearly explains the obligations of all parties involved. If you have already signed a construction contract, I can review the document to ensure that it is thorough and in your best interests.
In Tennessee, contractors and subcontractors are protected by mechanic’s and materialman’s liens, which give security interest in property to contractors and subcontractors who have supplied materials to or improved upon real property.
If you are a contractor or subcontractor in Knoxville and have not paid for your work or for the materials you’ve provided to a site, I can help you file a mechanic’s lien. In many cases, simply by filing the lien, you can force payment for work that may include materials, services, labor rendered, tools and equipment, machinery, and overhead. However, if you wish to recover compensation, you must take action immediately. Under the statute of limitations, contractors have one year from their last date of work to file a mechanic’s lien.
In any construction project, commercial or residential, some minor delays are to be expected. However, if a major delay has disrupted your recent building alteration or construction project, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. In many cases, as the property owner, you can prevent disputes over construction delays by ensuring your contract states clearly the exact date the project is expected to be completed. Then, if the contractor or subcontractor delays construction significantly (by months), you have a legitimate reason for litigation.
Depending on the scope of your construction project, the contractor you hire may require specialized services from subcontractors. If a subcontractor does a bad job or performs their duty poorly, the contractor is responsible. Regardless of whether your construction project is delayed or suffers from construction defects as a result of poor work by a subcontractor, I can help you file a claim to recover damages. And as an experienced trial attorney, I can fight for your rights in court when that’s your best option for a successful result.
G. Keith Alley, P.C. represents property owners and contractors in a wide range of construction litigation matters in Tennessee. Call 865-512-7075 or contact my firm online to arrange a free initial consultation with me at my Knoxville office.