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What Does a Construction Lawyer Do?

A construction lawyer handles a number of different legal needs, including but not limited to employment law, government contracts, and construction defects. Your lawyer can draw up contracts and ensure that you're following regulatory guidelines, as well as represent you in negotiations and in court if it reaches that point.

How Do I Know If I Need a Construction Lawyer?

It's a smart idea to consult with a construction lawyer if you:
  • Are starting a new project and need to make sure that you're following local and federal building regulations
  • Need to create a legal document, especially a contract
  • Need a new permit
  • Need to obtain government permission
  • Need to hold a town hearing
  • Are worried about an environmental regulation
  • Are having a dispute with your employer/employee
  • Need to file a lawsuit or lawsuit has been filed against you
For any new project or any concerns or doubts, having a construction lawyer explain the process may be very helpful.

How Much Does a Construction Lawyer Cost?

Lawyers choose their method of billing, so one lawyer's billing structure may differ from another. Many construction attorneys charge an hourly rate, though the rate will vary depending on several factors including where you live and the complexity of your matter. Many times, in a construction case, the losing side pays the winning side's attorney fees.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Construction Lawyer?

Depending on the legal matter you're dealing with, you can expect different outcomes. If you're drafting a document or just getting some advice on regulations, your lawyer should give you confidence that your construction business is legal and you understand what is expected of you. The results of a lawsuit will vary depending on the matter you're dealing with. Although there are no guarantees that you'll win your case, having a construction lawyer on your side gives you the benefit of expert knowledge about the laws and court procedures.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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