Construction Law

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Florida Construction Law Attorneys

Property is Valuable - Protect Your Rights

Construction law is complex. Therefore, it is essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer when involved in any type of construction law issue. With over 25 years of experience practicing construction law, attorneys at the law firm of Higley & Szabo, P.A. possess the education and skills necessary to assist clients facing construction law matters. Contact our Central Florida contract agreement and construction management lawyers to discuss your legal needs.

Importance of Construction Contracts

Construction litigation is heavily premised in the contract between the parties involved. Therefore, it is essential to have your construction contract reviewed by an experienced lawyer prior to signing it. It is very difficult to change your obligations after the agreement has been entered into. Our attorneys are skilled at negotiating and drafting new contracts, redrafting or modifying a company's existing contracts, reviewing contracts prior to signing, and litigating breach of contract or other construction law issues.

Important Provisions in a Construction Contract

  • Indemnification
  • Insurance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Venue
  • Waiver of trial by jury
  • Arbitration / Mediation
  • Interest on unpaid balance
  • Paid when paid
  • Price escalation
  • Builder risk insurance
  • Risk of loss upon catastrophes
  • Defects and deficiencies
  • Force majeure
  • Disadvantageous contract clauses
  • Abandonment
  • Process for termination
  • Economic waste
  • Economic Loss Rule

Common contract disputes arise when there are defects or deficiencies in the construction work performed, when a contractor abandons the project, or the owner or contractor terminates the contract. If there are terms in the agreement identifying how these issues should be handled, there is less room for mistake or cause for litigation.

Other Construction Issues

In addition to construction contracts, our lawyers assist owners, contractors, subcontractors, material men, and other construction law figures with:

  • Architect or engineer professional liability actions
  • Contractor licensing
  • Construction defects reporting (Chapter 558 Florida Statutes)
  • Transfers of construction liens
  • Mechanic's lien / Construction lien litigation
  • Lis Pendens on real property (notice of litigation)
  • Filing Notice of Commencement of Construction Project
  • Attaining Contractor's Final Payment Affidavits

Contact Higley & Szabo, P.A.

If you are contemplating entering into a contract, it is very important to ensure that the agreement clearly states what the parties are agreeing to and that you understand your obligations per the agreement. Our firm will advise you concerning necessary provisions and assist you to understand the terms. For experienced representation, contact our Florida construction law attorneys to discuss how we can assist you.

The law firm of Higley & Szabo, P.A., located in Lake Mary, Florida, represents clients throughout Central Florida, the greater Orlando area, and on the Space Coast, including Orange County, Seminole County, Polk County, Osceola County, Lake County, Hillsborough County, Volusia County, and the communities of Altamonte Springs, Daytona Beach, De Land, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Naples, Ocala, Orlando, Sanford, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, and West Palm Beach.


Office Location

Higley & Szabo, P.A.
185 Waymont Court
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 389-7833
Fax: (407) 389-7838

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