A contractor is installing pipe in a trench following the architect's plans. suddenly the contractor encounters a preexisting underground pipe that obstructs his path. A review of the plans shows the preexisting pipe but its actual path is different than the plan. Is the contractor entitled to a Change Order?

The above scenario is exactly the type of situation the Law Firm of Joseph S. Caruso, P.C. faces every day. The answer to the above question depends on who you represent. An architect will most certainly say that he showed it on the plan and the contractor should have provided for it in his bid. The owner, in turn, will rely on the architect and add that they have no money for change orders anyway. So what does a contractor do? Well, being a smart contractor you already have the Law Firm of Joseph S. Caruso, P.C. on retainer. You telephone me and I immediately start to work convincing the owner, architect and the owner's attorney that you are certainly entitled to a change order.

How do i convince them? Well, we can discuss it when you hire my firm to represent you. Which leads to the reason for this letter. Many contractors have responded to my previous letters and hired me to represent them in all of their construction matters. Since my last letter to you I have negotiated countless change orders, protested bid awards, filed suits to collect payments, defended suits for payment, and the like. In fact, I am one of the very few attorneys versed in governments funded construction and bond claim litigation.

I pride myself in being able to represent multimillion dollar contracting companies and small subcontractors with equal vigor and enthusiasm. Every client's case is important to me. How many times have you called your lawyer only to wait in vain for his return phone call? When you hire me to represent you, you can be assured that an experienced and concerned Construction Litigator is on your side.

Since hiring me to represent them many contractors have actually had a decrease in their legal fees. How is this so? By hiring me to negotiate a change order or other matter before it becomes a problem you have immediate results. You also avoid the expense of having to reconstruct the entire matter for me and the court after negotiations have ended. One of the biggest problems with reconstruction events in the construction field is that everyone gets amnesia when the matter goes to court. Take my illustration above for example. Suppose the owner's representative gave you a verbal proceed order to remove the obstruction and promised that he "would take of you." As the Phillies' announcer says, "I'll bet my house" that he will forget making that statement.

The key to having a successful lawyer-client relationship in the construction industry and to keep legal fees down is to avoid courts as often as possible. To do this you need to retain a lawyer to help you negotiate your claims while you are still on speaking terms with the owner and architect. Many contractors have come to me with problems and are barely able to say the name of the owner without going through the roof. This almost sounds comical but I am sure you have been in very similar circumstance, probably with a great deal of money at stake. I can help you.

If you want to save time and money. To get more money out of every change order. To avoid lengthy court battles. Hire the Law Firm of Joseph S. Caruso, P.C.

If you would like to meet with me to discuss any legal matters kindly call for a free consultation.