For people in the fast-paced construction industry in California, the saying “time is money” has never been more true. Small construction firms in California have to juggle many different duties just to stay on top of their projects, bids and other business matters, so nobody has time for getting dragged into court for litigation. Moreover, when the issue at hand is a contract dispute, the contract itself may not be able to quickly or simply solve the problem. For this reason alone, the time, hassle and expense of going to court can be a major burden for construction businesses, which is why they may try to avoid litigation wherever possible.
Contrary to popular belief, the best way to avoid court might just be to hire an experienced construction law attorney. Attorneys don’t just represent people in court, in fact many of their contributions come behind the scenes in setting the table for communication and negotiation with the other party. An attorney will often start by writing a letter to the other party to seek further communication, so that both parties can get an understanding of what their issue might be, what they hope to accomplish, and how they hope to accomplish it.
Often the courts can be avoided entirely even if the other party has a legitimate claim. Usually the other party has limited time and resources as well, and they often know that litigating an issue in court can be expensive, time-consuming and doesn’t necessarily guarantee satisfactory results for either party. In many cases an effective solution can be reached through negotiation, mediation or compromise.
By hiring an attorney to represent you, you are sending the message that you are taking your business contracts very seriously, and do what you must in order to protect your rights, your reputation, and your business. It also gives you the knowledge and experience of a seasoned professional who can help your construction business execute a plan that will lead to the desired results.