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You don't have to go to war to resolve a construction dispute

When it comes to a legal dispute with contractors or subcontractors, you might feel like you need to gear up for battle and fight for a resolution. This is a somewhat common reaction because many of us hear horror stories about unfinished projects, outstanding payments, substandard work and product defects that jeopardize an entire structure.

But the truth is that many construction disputes are resolved in less contentious ways than you might expect. They just don't get as much attention as more contentious cases because they can be settled fairly quickly and quietly.

Recently, for instance, an agreement was reached between two parties who were at odds regarding completion date and outstanding payments for a middle school gymnasium project. It didn't involve courtroom litigation or ugly accusations, and if all goes according to plan, the project that began back in 2014 will be completed in just over one month.

A more detailed description of the dispute can be read here, but basically a county Board of Education and construction company worked through mediation and arbitration to finalize an agreement that resolves the various issues holding back the completion of the project. 

The agreement reflects the resolutions reached on the completion dates, damages, tasks still left to complete, stipulations on warranties and balances still owed, all of which was signed off on by the board.

What this situation can show readers of this blog is that not every dispute needs to be brought to court for litigation for there to be a fair resolution reached. In fact, many parties prefer (or even require) that disputes are handled through alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation and arbitration.

Whichever route you choose to address a construction dispute, it is wise to consult an attorney and have legal representation throughout the process to ensure the outcome is fair and satisfactory.

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