If you are involved in Calgary’s construction industry, you know the financial risks many contractors must face. A large amount of other industries would never agree to operate under these risks, but for the construction industry, they are common. In the Alberta region, those doing business in construction are shielded to a degree by the Builders’ Lien Act, which protects contractors, suppliers and labourers who have contributed to the work performed on a construction project.
The Act most often comes into play if workers have not yet been paid for the services they have already provided. The Lien Act is a valuable and irreplaceable form of protection, but contractors and other labour providers often need legal representation as well. This is particularly the case for construction lien disputes that make it as far as the litigation stage.
Like all construction disputes, emerging successfully from lien disputes typically requires working with a lawyer who possesses a keen understanding of construction law. This not only ensures that you are receiving the ideal legal representation, it also allows you to continue conducting your business activities secure in the knowledge that your lawyer is working hard on your behalf.
Everyone who performs work or provides a service expects to be paid and they deserve to be paid as well. At the Ridout Barron law firm, we understand the many obstacles late or absent payment can mean for a business. We encourage you to study our business and construction law web pages to find out if you will benefit from working with a lawyer. The information we offer is authoritative and up-to-date with the construction laws pertaining to Alberta contractors and labourers.