One type of construction dispute we see at Ridout Barron involves construction liens. A construction lien can happen if there is a disagreement between the owner of a property and the people who are doing the work on the property — like a contractor or construction company.
If the property owner fails to pay a contractor, for example, the contractor may decide to place a legal claim on the value of the property. This “lien” will need to be paid by the property owner, or the property could end up in foreclosure. Once the property is liquidated through foreclosure proceedings, then the lien holder will get paid the money that he or she is due.
The issue with construction liens is that sometimes the property owner had every right not to pay the construction company or contractor. For example, maybe the construction job was not completed as per the contract. Other times, the construction company might have been rightfully owed the money for services rendered. For this reason, whenever a construction lien is put on a property, the courts will get involved to determine if the lien will stand.
After a construction lien is filed, a construction litigation lawyer will be very useful in evaluating a suitable strategy — regardless which side of the matter one happens to be on. At Ridout Barron, we represent homeowners, building owners, property owners and construction companies in litigation that involves construction liens. If you or your company is currently dealing with a dispute, we are available to evaluate the situation and advise you as to your legal rights and options.