Montana Construction Law
common sense Montana construction legal services focused on the construction industry and process.
Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law has experience representing construction companies, workers and contractors against alleged defective machinery or dangerous practices as it relates to construction law in the state of Montana.
The complexity of construction projects – large or small – requires expert legal advice to prevent or resolve problems that arise before, during, and after construction. At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law our construction legal team can help you confidently approach all phases of your construction ventures and resolve issues to minimize problems, expense and delays. We understand how to handle your problems because we have been part of the building process.
Our attorneys assist in finding prompt, professional and efficient solutions to your problems and are committed to assisting at all stages of the construction process; from negotiation and drafting of contracts on the front end, through the various stages of dispute resolution. The legal team at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law are trial-tested and available to assist clients through the entire litigation process, including mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Our firm serves clients across Montana and North Dakota, allowing us to advise construction clients throughout the region.
At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law we have extensive experience in a variety of matters arising out of both public and private-sector construction projects. We represent owners, architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties. In all manner of construction, including residential, commercial, and public works projects our team can help. Call our Missoula office at (406) 543-3800 to schedule your Free Consultation.
Experienced Missoula Construction Attorneys
At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, we believe a small team of one or two experienced litigators is better than an army of lawyers, and that belief gives our clients the attention they deserve without waste or bureaucracy. Our lawyers have successfully litigated numerous construction-related matters and cases in Montana state and federal trial courts, and all levels of appellate court.
Even the best-planned construction projects can lead to litigation. Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law works to proactively avoid or resolve disputes, frequently using mediation and arbitration of claims involving cost, design error and project management.
We represent your interests in controversies involving bid protests and mistakes, cost disputes, design error, defective installation and contract disputes. These disputes typically involve multiple parties and are highly fact-intensive, you need an experienced Montana construction legal team to protect your best interests.
Our attorneys assist our clients in finding prompt, professional and efficient solutions to their problems and are committed to assisting clients at all stages of the construction process, from negotiation and drafting of contracts on the front end, through the various stages of dispute resolution. Our construction law attorneys are trial-tested and available to assist clients through the entire litigation process, including mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Our firm serves clients across Montana and North Dakota, allowing us to advise construction clients throughout the region.
We represent public and private owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and suppliers at every phase of the construction process:
As your construction lawyers Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law can submit a claim for added compensation and added time, and represent you throughout any dispute resolution procedures or negotiations. We can also submit claims for unforeseen circumstances such as unanticipated job site conditions, defects in designs, as well as delays, disruptions, or any interferences in work. As your construction lawyer team we will ensure all your construction related claims conform with any contractual obligations or legal requirements.
Contracts are critical in construction, Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law can guide you effectively in ensuring your construction related contracts are legally sound, grounded in reasonable expectations, account for proper notice requirements and job site conditions. This includes accounting for job site conditions, scheduling delays, insurance, and unforeseen circumstances. We can also provide revisions to existing contracts.
Construction projects can get very complicated, with so many stakeholders (contractors, subcontractors, architects and suppliers) involved. Our firm’s practice is comprehensive, covering a full range of contract types and issues. This includes:
Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law will help review current contracts, determine justifiable termination and follow the proper procedures to ensure a successful termination. We will represent you in any subsequent litigation or arbitration and prevent wrongful terminations or defend claimants of wrongful termination.
Our attorneys also handle a wide range of other contracts, from home improvement contracts to government contracts to supplier contracts and more.
At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law we have the proven ability to help clients create effective contracts and use them appropriately to protect their interests. Give us a call today to discuss your unique situation. Based in Missoula, we serve clients throughout Montana.
New construction or rehabilitation projects — whether residential or commercial — do not always end up meeting acceptable standards. Construction defects that were either overlooked or covered up can come to light at a later time, resulting in significant financial hardship for the owning association or property management company. The legal system affords a path to allocating responsibility and recouping those costs.
Defective construction can cause problems for owners and residents in any type of residential or commercial property, including condominiums, rehabilitation projects, retail structures and office buildings. Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law has experience handling numerous types of defects such as:
Construction defect claims can pose a risk of significant liability, particularly for those without insurance coverage (or adequate coverage). The expert knowledge of Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law is essential for successfully defending against defect claims in this niche area of law. Contact our law office in Missoula, Montana to arrange a consultation and get the support you need.
Construction disputes are almost inevitable in Montana construction projects. At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, our construction law team provides effective and efficient legal representation to property owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers involved in construction disputes.
Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law handles all aspects of construction disputes from negotiation, arbitration, and mediation to litigation and appeal. Our firm has many years of experience handling a wide range of construction-related disputes, including:
We can effectively evaluate insurance policies to determine if an insurance company should be involved in the resolution of a dispute.
The construction legal team at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law provides comprehensive guidance to property owners, developers, suppliers, construction companies, sureties and other business clients that are affiliated with the construction industry.
Based in Missoula, our construction litigation lawyers have an extensive collective experience in construction law and related areas. We are dynamic litigators with a proven track record of success in a broad range of cases.
You don’t need a large firm to tackle complex construction litigation issues. At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law our lawyers provide high-caliber legal services with unparalleled efficiency and value. Contact by calling (406) 543-3800 to arrange a consultation. We serve clients throughout Montana and North Dakota.
At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law we provide comprehensive representation; from formation of a construction company and contracts and litigation, to providing our clients with the knowledgeable guidance and support they require.
One of the many ways that we help our clients is by providing assistance with contractor licensing issues. We help contractors obtain licensing and provide legal services to help our clients with regulatory compliance. Should you ever face disciplinary proceedings, you can rely on us for the sound advice and vigorous representation you require.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal needs. For assistance, contact our law office in Missoula, Montana.
Delays and Payment Claims
The successful completion of any construction project depends on staying on track with both the schedule and budget. When something goes awry, the interests of multiple stakeholders may be in jeopardy — from the project owner to the general contractor to individual subcontractors. Delay and payment claims are essential to enforcing parties’ rights. They also serve to allocate costs among the parties responsible for the delay or wrongly withheld payment.
At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, our attorneys handle construction delay and payment claims for both plaintiffs and defendants. Our clients include contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers and others in the construction industry.
Properly insuring a construction project at the start is extremely. Once a construction defect is discovered, analyzing insurance policies for coverage and tendering the claim is time consuming and complicated. If an insurance company wrongfully denies a claim it is equally important to protect your rights. At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law our Montana construction lawyers will work with your insurance companies to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Our lawyers represent contractors, subcontractors and others in the construction industry in matters against insurance companies, including issues involving:
The development of a state, county, municipal and school infrastructure project is often complex, time-consuming and prone to many potential difficulties. At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, our Montana infrastructure contract lawyers handle all municipal construction matters. We will work to ensure that your project is carried out with a minimal amount of problems and liability. We have extensive experience in alternative project delivery methods and provide seasoned assistance with contract drafting and review.
Our construction contract lawyers provide legal representation in large and small state municipal projects and federal municipal projects. We are fully capable of handling any type of construction undertaking, including:
We provide dedicated assistance with contract bidding, negotiation and formation related to government construction projects. We have a deep understanding of Montana contract law, Montana state law and appellate court cases concerning contractor’s obligations. You can rely on us to put this knowledge to work for you in any sort of infrastructure contract or project. In addition, we will also aggressively represent your interests in litigation and alternative dispute resolution when necessary.
If you are involved in a large state, county, municipal and school construction project, it is important to have seasoned legal representation to protect your interests. Contact our Montana construction law attorneys by calling (406) 543-3800 to schedule a Free Consultation to discuss your situation.
Lien and Bond Claims
Liens and bonds are important tools designed to protect the rights of the various people involved in construction projects. They are critical for managing risk and protecting investments.
Pursuing liens and bond claims is a highly technical field of law which includes detailed procedural requirements and numerous rigid deadlines. Attempting to navigate these intricacies on your own can result in any number of errors and pitfalls. It is well worth the investment to hire a lien and bond claim lawyer who can enforce the lien or bond in an efficient, seamless manner.
The construction law firm of Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law provides highly experienced counsel in lien and bond claims. We have a proven record of success demonstrating our extraordinary level of expertise in Montana construction law.
Prevailing Wage Issues
Federal law and Montana law provide a number of protections for workers in the construction industry. One of the protections offered to construction workers is the prevailing wage. If you are a contractor or subcontractor who has failed to pay the prevailing wage rate to construction workers who have performed work on a public works project, you may be confronted with a legal action by a public entity.
If you are a contractor or subcontractor in need of a strong defense, contact Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law. Our attorneys are skilled at protecting the rights of contractors and subcontractors and defending clients who have been accused of failing to pay workers the prevailing wage rate. Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law will work diligently to protect your rights. We also advise contractors and subcontractors on proper compliance with prevailing wage requirements. To contact a construction law attorney at our firm, contact our law office in Missoula, Montana.
The construction law team at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law will ensure contractors receives the full payment promised, covering a myriad of costs including labor, equipment, and materials. We will make sure all costs incurred will be covered in the terms of your contract. Our legal team can also take civil action to recover any unpaid sum, as well as file liens and claims against a payment bond on both public and private projects or defend you if you have had a claim for payment made against you.