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Why owners and associations should enlist an attorney to consult on construction projects

Large-scale construction projects come with a big investment -- in time, money and resources. What's more, any number of things can go wrong along the way. Rarely does a project go as smoothly as you'd hope. And when the project really starts to go off the rails, you want to have a strong legal ally on your side.

The central role that contracts play

Construction projects involve numerous contracts: with the general contractor or developer, architect or engineer, and potentially numerous other parties. Those contracts form the foundation for the scope of the project. They also establish critical rights and obligations. Getting strong, favorable contracts in place is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself when embarking on a construction project.

Ideally, the sooner you involve an attorney to negotiate, draft and review these contracts, the better. An experienced Florida lawyer can make sure you have the right provisions in place.

The importance of ongoing monitoring

Ongoing supervision is another critical factor in the success of any construction project. By keeping a close eye on the project's progress, you can catch and address problems swiftly -- ideally, before they blow up into costly disputes.

A construction law attorney can provide guidance on when and how to conduct this monitoring, and help you enlist reputable inspectors and other construction experts when needed.

Early resolution of potential disputes

When issues do arise -- perhaps apparent construction defects, for example -- you will want an attorney who is familiar with this nuanced area of Florida law. Early resolution of these issues can help keep the project on track. The last thing you want is a cascade of increasing escalation from problems that were overlooked or weren't properly handled.

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