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Construction Law

Whether it's a multi-million dollar commercial construction project or a small residential remodeling job, the attorneys at Wolcott Rivers Gates know how to be an effective advocate.

Major construction work is generally governed by AIA standard contracts, but there is often room for negotiation and redrafting clauses to project the client’s interest. Further, when disputes arise, you need someone familiar with the base contract to prosecute the case effectively. Smaller residential jobs, in contrast, may be covered by rules issued by the board of contractors and involve recovery from the Virginia Contractors Recovery Fund.

Our attorneys understand the basics of construction law, including:

  • Issues related to forming the contracts

  • Negotiating clauses to protect the parties

  • Issues that arise during contract administration

  • Changes in the work

  • Partial payment as well as issues that may arise from complaints that the work is not being completed on time or in a proper fashion

  • Asserting and defending claims about defective performance and defective materials

Well-Planned Representation

Whether you are an owner of commercial/residential property or a contractor/subcontractor, our attorneys can handle construction disputes throughout Virginia including before court and before arbitrators. We can help you with a wide range of construction-related issues, including:

  • Contract formation

  • Mediation

  • Arbitration

  • Litigation in state or federal courts

  • Mechanic’s liens

  • Defective construction

  • Liability insurance

  • Permits

  • Zoning