For Cause vs. For Convenience Contracts: An Overview

If you’re a construction professional, there will be times when you may need to terminate a contracted relationship. Perhaps you (or the other party) ran into financial difficulties or a dispute arose over the quality of the work. Other common reasons for early contract termination include: Failure to adhere to the project schedule Failure to pay contractors, subcontractors, and material Read More

4 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Estate Plans Annually

Believe it or not, 2020 is right around the corner. What better time to get your estate plan in order? Many people know they need an estate plan, but they put it off or forget about it. Others are just unsure of how to start the process. But anything can change in the blink of an eye. So the big questions are: Have you started building your estate plan? Does it need to be completed? Does your existing plan require Read More

5 Examples of a Hostile Work Environment

You have the right to feel comfortable and safe at work, but unfortunately, too many employees experience intimidation, belittling, and harassment. In August 2017, nonprofit think tank RAND released a study suggesting that approximately one in five US workers struggled through a hostile work environment every day. When determining whether a work environment is hostile, courts commonly consider factors like whether Read More

4 Common Subcontractors Licensing Violations

Several states require subcontractors to be licensed in order to perform certain services. In New York, asbestos handling contractors and crane operators need to be licensed at the state level while general contractors must be licensed if they work in Buffalo, New York City, and/or in the counties of Nassau, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. In Florida, there are two main types of contractors: registered, Read More

What Happens If You Pass Away Without a Will?

A lot of New Yorkers put off creating a will. Some believe that they haven’t accumulated enough personal wealth to make it necessary while others tell themselves that they’ll wait until they have children. It’s likely that many more hold back because they don’t like thinking about their own mortality. Benjamin Franklin allegedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This is especially true in Read More

First Furnishing Explained

New York’s lien law is one of the most effective tools at your disposal when a project owner doesn’t pay you in full. There’s a catch, though- like all legal procedures, there are technical requirements that can cause your claim to fail if you overlook them. In many states, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers must provide a Notice to Owner to secure their lien rights. In Florida and Pennsylvania, Read More

What You Need to Know About Severance Agreements

New York law does not require employers to offer severance packages to terminated employees unless there has been a promise to do so or the employment contract specifies that severance is payable when the employment relationship ends. Nonetheless, many employers offer severance pay as a goodwill gesture and to provide the worker with a financial buffer while they look for another job. What Is Included in Severance Read More

Owner vs. Contractor Duties in a Construction Contract

Construction contracts are the blueprint of a successful project. They are generally executed between the project owner and the general contractor and define the scope, terms, and conditions of the agreement. Below is a general overview of the owner vs. contractor duties in most construction contracts. Contractor’s Duties Contractors owe the owner a duty to provide services in a competent and professional Read More

7 Ways to Stay ADA and FHA Compliant with Your Projects

If you are building a public accommodation, such as a large multifamily complex, it is imperative that its design complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). These laws, which protect the rights of the disabled, are enforced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) respectively. When building an apartment or Read More

4 Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners

Running a business consumes a lot of time and energy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an entrepreneur with a successful startup or a longtime owner of a multi-location corporation - your days can be so busy that you don’t think a lot about the future. While it’s understandable that you want to focus on making the business as successful as possible, failing to create an estate plan can undermine years of Read More