If your familiar with my Guide to Contractor Disputes, then you already know that among the most important things to remember when hiring a general contractor is ensuring that your home improvement contract contains an attorneys’ fees provision. Contrary to what most people think, a prevailing party (i.e., the party that “wins” the lawsuit) is not automatically entitled to repayment of their attorneys’ fees and costs.

Unlike the legal systems in several other Western countries, which have mandatory “loser pays” provisions, that is not the case in a lot of states—most especially, in California. Here, a prevailing party is only entitled to attorneys’ fees if a statute or contract provides for that remedy.

Fortunately, many do (but some don’t).

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TYPES OF DISPUTES


The horror stories that you’ve almost certainly heard about shoddy workmanship and crooked contractors are not entirely without a basis in fact. To say the least, disputes between homeowners and their contractors can cause all sorts of problems, and an unresolved contractor dispute can not only be a nightmare to work through, but it can even temporarily torpedo your property’s value. Ideally, the contractor you hire will perform according to a written agreement with you describing the scope of work to be performed on your property. However, it is not uncommon for contractor/homeowner relationships to go south. When such disputes arise, it is imperative that you act immediately to protect your rights.

Failure to Perform

Poor Workmanship

Faulty Materials

Property Damage

Unpermitted Work

Building Code Violations

Fraud

Misrepresentation

Illegal Mechanics Liens

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LS Carlson is proud to offer our clients a dynamic and effective legal team with top academic and professional credentials. Our attorneys have extensive experience in contractor disputes involving residential and commercial properties throughout California. In addition to having a hard-earned reputation for being strategically aggressive during the pendency of our litigation cases, our lawyers are also well known for their superior writing and innovative, client-centered approach. In short, the trial attorneys at LS Carlson excel because they are among the best at what they do. It really is that simple.

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Paul Deese

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James Calkins

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Jeffrey Kominsky

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Shelby Daws

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Shane Micheil

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Kirk Pearson

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Steven Shack

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