Construction lawyers provide practical legal advice to participants in the construction industry. Clients include not only contractors and subcontractors, but also material suppliers, architects, engineers, owners, developers, banks, sureties, and insurance companies.A construction lawyer must work on the following practice areas and topics;
- Employment law- Employment law is a critical part of construction law. Business owners depend on workers to do the bulk of their work. That means hiring, firing and management. Owners must know how to hire people legally and how to follow state and federal laws when it comes to paying employees fairly, withholding taxes and other considerations. They often turn to their lawyers for help complying with this complex area of law.
- Worker’s compensation- One area that is similar to general employment law is worker’s compensation. Most construction companies need to provide worker’s compensation insurance for their employees. They take help from their lawyers to know how to purchase the right insurance, notify employees of their right to make a claim and comply with their obligations when claims occur. Construction law firms provide lawyers to their clients to handle all the above mentioned issues.
A construction lawyer may be called upon to assist the owner in obtaining land for the project. Buying the land and building a project on the land often requires financing from another source, and construction lawyers often help prepare and negotiate the various loan documents that define the rights of the bank, bondholders, or other source of funding.