Construction Law

You want a law firm that is thoroughly familiar with the practical aspects of your field as well as how the law applies to construction issues. Our firm has more than thirty years experience specializing in all aspects of construction law, including contracts and litigation. Whether you are a construction company, surety, insurance company, supplier, sub-contractor or play some other role in the property or construction process, we’re here to see that you are protected now and beyond the end of the project.

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Below are some of the issues we can handle for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your concerns. We’ll be happy to discuss any issues and answer any questions you may have about our services.

  • Construction Defect Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Mechanics Lien Law
  • Construction Claims
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Labor Law
  • Collections
  • Incorporation Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Lawsuits

The following table provides a step by step guide for the various procedures which are vital to perfection of the claimant’s remedies, so that no process will be overlooked. The contractor is cautioned not to rely upon this chart without consulting his attorney to determine their application to each particular case.

Step California Procedure
Preliminary Notice (Private Jobs and California Public Works) Give notice to owner, general contractor, construction lender no later than 20 days after claimant’s first labor or materials (On a California public work, notice is given to contractor, public agency and surety bond company). A 20 Day Notice is also required to make Payment Bond Claims as noted above, However, if you forget the 20 Day Notice, there is still the right to file a separate notice within 15 or 75 days (see next page). Suggest: Notice viacertified mail, return receipt requested. If the notice is recorded with the applicable county recorder the date of the notice of completion should be mailed to you.
Lien Claim (by Claimant other than General Contractor File with County Recorder within 30 days after date of recordation of notice of completion or cessation or within 90 days after completion (or 60 days cessation) whichever period expires first.
Lien Claim (by General Contractor File with County Recorder within 60 days after date of recordation of notice of completion or cessation or within 90 days after completion (or 60 days cessation) whichever period expires first.
Federal Public Works Preliminary Notice Register mail to contractor within 90 days from last labor materials.
Notice to Surety on Private or Public Works Claimant must serve by certified mail a Bond Claim on both private and public works on the contractor and surety within 75 days after completion or 15 days if a Notice of Completion is recorded. (This is a new requirement)
Stop Notice on California Public Work Certified mail to public agency within 30 days after recordation of notice of completion (or acceptance or cessation). If no notice of completion or cessation, serve within 90 days after completion or cessation. CC 3184.
Complaint to Foreclose Lien File in proper court within 90 days after date or recordation of lien claim.
Complaint to Enforce Bonded Stop Notice (Private or Public Work) File in proper court after 10 days from service of stop notice and within 90 days from expiration of period within which stop notices must be filed.
Notice of Proceedings (on Stop Notice, Public Work) Serve within 5 days after filing action, on same persons and in same manner as provided for the stop notice.
Complaint on Payment Bond (California Public Work) File in proper court within 6 monthsafter the period within which stop notices must be filed after CC3184 (May be combined with action on stop notice, supra.)
Complaint on Payment Bond (Federal Work) File in proper court after 90 days from claimant’s last labor or materials and within 1 year therefrom. (This is for a Miller Act claim).
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