Build a Solid Foundation With Strong Legal Advice
Knowing your rights and obligations before you take on a construction project will reduce stress, and lower the potential for litigation costs later on in a project. Obtaining advice before signing a contract, or in some cases simply obtaining a written contract, will pay for itself many times over.
Our team of dedicated construction lawyers is here to help you every step of the way. We know your priority is to get the construction project completed within budget and on time. No one wants to be stuck in an ugly protracted legal battle when there is a job to be done. That is why our lawyers help you to establish a comprehensive agreement, avoiding any contention or disputes. If a problem does arise, we can approach it with the intention of finding a creative and acceptable out-of-court solution for you.
Related Legal Services
During the efforts of construction litigation, you may require other legal services to ensure that additional parts of your life are given equal attention. At Stevenson Luchies & Legh we give proactive advice beyond your current construction litigation needs.
Stevenson Luchies & Legh will assist you in keeping every day business operations running smoothly. Our team of professionals will help you to stay up to date with all business filing, applications, and contract drafts.
Real Estate Law
Our team of Real Estate law experts can help you buy, sell, or refinance property, whether it be commercial or residential. We help you navigate through the complex world of municipal land use law, or any other real estate law concerns.
Frequently Asked Construction Law Questions
- Do I really need a lawyer for a construction project? Yes. As with any business decision it is important to have someone with the proper legal expertise on your team. Our lawyers understand all of the potential situations that can arise on a construction site, and they know the solutions that you will need to keep your project running smoothly.
- Is an oral construction contract legally valid?
An oral contract may be valid. It depends on your jurisdiction and the terms to which you have agreed. However, even when an oral construction contract is legally sound, it is not necessarily a good idea. Conflicts can arise in any construction project, and there are many opportunities for misunderstanding.
- Both parties are better off with a clearly written document that sets out, in detail, the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved.
- My contractor gave me a written estimate at the start of the project, but now he is billing me for more than the estimate. Can they do that?
An estimate is an estimate, and nothing more. The contractor is making an educated guess at how much the project will cost you if no complications arise. This number may change, so you should ensure that you know whether the price quoted is an estimate or a firm price before you sign a contract.
- You may have cause to be suspicious if the estimate was significantly lower than the actual price charged and if the explanation for this seems unreasonable. If you were induced to sign a contract by an estimate that bears no relation to the actual price, you may have a claim for fraud against the contractor.
Albert Berns joined Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2011 and heads our Westshore Office. Mr. Berns has considerable skill as a trial lawyer, with experience at all levels of British Columbia Courts and Administrative Tribunals. Mr. Berns extensive experience litigating injury, construction, real estate, and debt issues allow him to give effective advice on a wide range of issues.
Daniel graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2000 followed by articles and employment at another Victoria law firm before joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2010. Daniel’s career prior to law was in commercial real estate sales and leasing.
Justin was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and moved from Trinidad to Victoria in 1988. Justin graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2003. Justin articled in Victoria and then joined another law firm where he practiced for 7 years before joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2012.