Construction Law: How a Lawyer Can Help You

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Construction Law : How a Lawyer Can Help You Construction companies must be aware of the legal framework they are operating under to avoid legal issues that could jeopardize the project in the future. The federal, state and local governments have their own regulations that affect different aspects of the building process. To avoid disputes construction companies must be strategic and proactive. Here’s how lawyers from Stratton & Green, ALC can help you. Contract Drafting and Negotiation Contract drafting and negotiation are one of the most important first stages that construction companies need to pay attention to. Thinking critically about the direction of the project and the possible pitfalls that may plague the process in the future will determine the terms of a contract. Some of the issues our lawyers can help you address include the collection of payment during the course of the project. Your lawyer can also prepare a comprehensive breakdown of all the contractual requirements before the project commences. Understanding the requirements of the project helps the builder determine if he can fulfill them before signing the contract. Dispute Resolution This describes the mechanism that the parties involved in a contract will follow in case issues arise between them. The dispute resolution mechanism can be outlined in the contract during the initial drafting and negotiation stages. Construction is one of the most dispute ridden industries. Having a well-defined dispute resolution mechanism helps clients determine how, where, and when the issues will be resolved. This, in turn, facilitates the smooth running of the project and avoids lengthy litigation processes that could prove to be costly. Since different regions have their own rules and regulations, having two parties from different states can lead to a situation where both parties have different expectations. Stratton & Green, ALC has lawyers who are experienced in conflict resolution, employment law, mechanic’s lien, amongst...

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Two Common Myths About Filing Bankruptcy

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Two Common Myths About Filing Bankruptcy Almost everyone, at one time in their life, has lost control of their finances and became uncertain about the future. What do you do, with approaching medical bills, credit card bills, and notices of past due bills stacking up? Attempting to handle debt on your own is difficult and oftentimes uncertain. Creditors are constantly calling, your credit score is collapsing fast, and there does not appear to be any escape. The only option in this situation may be to file bankruptcy. A lot of factual information is available out there concerning bankruptcy; however, many myths and misconceptions exist as well. If you are considering filing bankruptcy, consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the right option for your situation. To get a better understanding of filing bankruptcy and how it impacts you, take some time to learn about two common myths surrounding bankruptcy. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Can Only Be Filed Once Many people have the impression that you can only file bankruptcy once in a lifetime. This is untrue. There are no limitations in a number of times a person can file bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy, where an individual’s assets are liquidated, can be filed every eight years. Addition rules apply if filing under Chapter 13. Unpaid Debt Results in Jail Time This myth is especially frightening. This scare tactic is used by some debt collectors. However, unpaid debt does not result in jail time. Actual possibilities you may face for unpaid debt may include garnishment of wages, being taken to court, or a lien put on your property until which time the debt is resolved. Only if a crime has been committed can jail time be warranted, such as for fraud, hiding property, or refusal to pay taxes. Depending on your specific circumstances, bankruptcy may be the right option for you. For more information, contact us today for a...

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Understanding the Basics of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Understanding the Basics of Alternative Dispute Resolution If you are in the middle of a conflict and are considering finding an out of court resolution, perhaps you might want to read up about alternative dispute resolution or ADR. Out of court settlements occur when two parties seek an agreement on a claim without necessarily having judges come to the decision. Most of the time, these involve one party paying a sum of money to the other for the other party to close the lawsuit. Settlements here are binding and the case typically ends without having to go to court. The alternative dispute resolution system is the most popular and effective way to reach an agreement without going to court. Basically, ADR refers to those agreements that are made out of court in a case. These include those reached through arbitration, small trials or mediation techniques. Sometimes these techniques can only be applied in certain areas of law like civil, commercial, industrial and family law. The most common area where ADR is practiced is in commercial law. In the business world, considering the speed at which cases are handled, it is almost impossible to have people file lawsuits and get timely justice. The easiest and most effective technique, therefore, is alternative dispute resolution. A further advantage of ADR, especially for businesspeople is that it is simple and straightforward, and most of the time a less expensive process. Further, it gives the parties leeway in times of schedule and deciding when and how the dispute will be settled. It is easier to have the other party recognize an opposing position in such a scenario. Finally, it also gives the parties the freedom to come up with more tailored solutions than perhaps the court could have legally been able to provide. ADR does not, however, mean the role of the lawyer is any less important. If you are leaning towards alternative dispute resolution, our lawyers at Stratton & Green, ALC will still be able to offer legal advice and make sure everything is above...

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Do Small Businesses Need the Services of a Lawyer ?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Do Small Businesses Need the Services of a Lawyer? If you own a small business and you think that you will never need the services of a lawyer, you have to think again. Keep in mind that you cannot talk your way out of or simply do things yourself when you have to deal with legal matters. At the end of the day, you should be open to the possibility of having to hire the services of a lawyer considering the following reasons: To protect you from ignorance of the law since it excuses no one. You may be operating a small business but it is still covered by existing laws and chances are you don’t have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the small business law. Unfortunately, should you commit a legal error because of ignorance, it will not be considered as a defense. This can be easily avoided by hiring a credible law firm to review your business. To ensure that your contracts and other documents do not have loopholes or will put you at a losing end. Having your contracts and other legal documents reviewed by a competent lawyer will ensure that your interests will be protected, you get the best end of the deal, and you will not be on the losing end. To ensure that you will not encounter legal issues in the future. Getting a lawyer to assist you in the business will help you avoid committing legal mistakes that can make you lose more money and sleep in the future. While information about legal issues abounds on the internet, it will never be enough to protect you and your business when you commit a legal mistake. If you intend to sustain and expand your small business in the future, make sure to hire the services of reputable and credible lawyers from Stratton and Green, ALC Civil Litigation and Employment Attorneys for all your legal requirements. S&G law firm will surely provide you with personal attention so all your legal matters will be well-taken cared...

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Consider These Before Firing Your Employee

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Consider These Before Firing Your Employee The US Law provides some legal rights to employees including fair compensation, rights to privacy, and freedom from discrimination which should be followed by every employer. Even job applicants have their own rights before being employed by their prospective companies. While there are a lot of unreported cases which involves sudden cessation of a job because of mundane things, it can be helpful as an employer to understand that you are dealing with a person who is working for his family and being an ethical and justifiable boss can be just as crucial. Think Things Through Before Making a Decision It is often easy to be swayed by accusations that are baseless if any. Sometimes employees are just making things up to make others appear incompetent and inadequate for their positions. Being the person-in-charge, make sure to think things through before making that important decision. If a supervisor is accusing an employee of negligence or incompetence always look for a basis or even a documentation that confirms the argument. Getting personal is also a common problem with employee-employer accusations that often leads to litigation proceedings. As someone who has the right to dictate what is and what is not right for your organization, don’t get personal with your decisions based on the worker’s personal background or history. Lawsuits for employment discrimination and unjust discharge are one of the cases with the highest penalties. Do Your Job as an Employer Being an employer entails a lot of different work to manage your employees. This means you have to comply with the employee’s expected compensations calculating the right amounts that they need to be paid with. This also means that they need to get the right severance pay if applicable otherwise it would lead to a violation of your employee’s rights. Stratton & Green, ALC has worked with countless of cases involving employee and employer relations. If you want to the proper representation Employee Law is one of our practice areas to help every party resolve their legal...

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Be Prepared

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Be Prepared Everyone wants to stay out of trouble. This is something you’d like not only for yourself, but also for everyone you love. The thing is that even when you have the best intentions at heart, unexpected things can happen and you or a loved one might end up in a complicated legal situation. In case something like this happens, it is best to be prepared and to know who to call in order to get help. The thing about legal issues is that it will always be better idea to get a professional to help you out because, even if you have a general idea about how the legal system works, the truth is that, unless that’s what you do for a living, having a professional might make the difference between going back to your normal, daily life and ending up with a situation that will alter life as you knew it before. Stratton & Green, ALC is a civil litigation and employment attorneys firm that understands that they have the power to help people and they want to make themselves available to anyone who might benefit from their services. Working as modern advocates for people, they help people get through trials while helping them get the least exposed possible. Through their services, they aim to educate and empower people so that they’ll be able to get right back on to their lives once the process is over. When dealing with employment cases, they always look out for the interests of employees who find themselves in some kind of dispute with their employers, making sure they get a fair resolution. When working in non-employment cases, they also help people with civil litigation situations. If you are in legal trouble, don’t hesitate to call them and find out more about their services and how they can help you out of that...

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